Friday, May 14, 2010

Good Questions

Mark Thompson:
how do you enforce this proposed law in a way that meaningfully reduces the risk from the rare whacko who wants to shoot up an airport? In other words, how does this bill actually reduce the threat to which it is responding?

If this bill were to pass, I am quite certain that the average gun-owner, in the overwhelming majority of cases, would take pains to comply with it. But would we really expect any of those rare whack-jobs who want to shoot up an airport (or are even capable of it) to obey this law? I am quite certain that the penalty for violating this law will be substantially less than the penalty for murder or attempted murder, and definitely less than the penalty for terrorism.

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