It didn’t take any time at all. ” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.),pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday targeting the high-capacity ammunition clip the gunman used.” Here’s the source. And, “Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.”, source here.
Congresswoman McCarthy is focused on the 30 round clip that the shooter was using. Now, I have no idea why any law-abiding citizen needs a 30 round clip. But my question is would fewer people have been injured or killed if the shooter had had three smaller clips? If the answer is probably not, then what good is a law banning the larger clips?
The law that Congressman Brady is talking about is much more onerous and threatening to our freedom of speech.. These types of law I can tell from experience here in Venezuela are easily abused. The definition of what constitutes a threat becomes blurred and these laws become a tool to forbid disent against a government official or the government itself.
Hopefully, the Republican cotrolled House can put a stop to this dangerous initiative.