Boehner: No New Gun Control

January 12th, 2011 at 7:37 am | 4 Comments |

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The Hill reports:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is rejecting gun-control legislation offered by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in response to the weekend shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others in Arizona.

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) announced plans Tuesday to introduce legislation prohibiting people from carrying guns within 1, recipe 000 feet of members of Congress.

King, troche who has previously called for the removal of illegal guns from the streets, and made the announcement alongside New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s loudest voices for stricter gun laws.

King said the legislation is not intended only for the safety of government officials but also to protect the public. He said elected officials are not necessarily more important than constituents, but by protecting them in this way, they would feel safer in meeting federal officials at public events.

“The fact is they do represent the people who elect them, and it’s essential, if we’re going to continue to have contact, that the public who are at these meetings are ensured of their own safety,” King said.

King’s legislation got the cold shoulder from Boehner and other Republicans after it was announced.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said the Speaker would not support King’s legislation.

The office of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the majority leader is reserving judgment until the King bill is finalized.

“Mr. Cantor believes it’s appropriate to adequately review and actually read legislation before forming an opinion about it,” Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring stated in an e-mail.

The immediate rejection of King’s legislation by Boehner illustrates the difficulty gun-control advocates will face in moving forward with any legislation.

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Houndentenor

    We don’t need new gun laws. We need to enforce the ones we already have. There’s a lot of disagreement about what laws we should have but I hope we can all agree that mentally ill people should not have access to firearms.

  • jquintana

    No, no, no, Mr Speaker, we need new gun control laws…we need to punish everyone for the actions of the few…it’s the ‘progressive’ way towards progressively greater government control and the only way to re-establish tyranny of the minority just like it was back in the good ole pre-enlightenment days.

  • medinnus

    Gun control laws are pretty darn pointless.

  • gman

    A mentally unstable man legally buys a gun with a clip that holds 31 bullets, and tries to assassinate a sitting US Congressperson. In the process, he empties the clip, kills 6 people, including a Federal judge & 9 year old girl, and injures 13 more. It’s hard to understand how someone can look at that series of events and conclude system is working perfectly, and that there is no need to even consider any modifications.

    The US has the highest per capita gun ownership of industrialized countries & among the highest murder and total crime per capita. Again, it’s hard to look at those two data points, and conclude that there is no room for improvement, or that the real problem is that there aren’t enough guns.