More laws being threatened after Tucson Attack

On the size of magazines:

[Sen. Dianne Feinstein] said in an interview Friday that she was exploring the idea of reviving a law to limit the size of ammunition clips. The assault weapons ban of 1994, of which Feinstein was the principal sponsor, limited clips to 10 bullets, a third of the size of the one Loughner used to kill six people and injure more than a dozen, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, his intended target. . . .

On expanding scope of background checks, because Loughner had been using marijuana for a couple of years. The question is: why does the military guarantee privacy to those who answer their questions?

If someone admits to a federal official that he's used illegal drugs, that information should be sent to the FBI so that person can be disqualified from purchasing a gun, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday. . . .

A military official told Fox News last week that Loughner was rejected from enlisting in the Army in 2008 because he admitted he had used drugs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because privacy laws prevent the military from disclosing such information about an individual's application. . . . .

"But the law doesn't require the military to notify the FBI about that, and in this case they didn't. So I --this morning -- I'm writing the administration and urging that that be done, that the military notify the FBI when someone is rejected from the military for excessive drug use and that be added to the FBI database," Schumer said. . . . .

Others have called for regulating what can be said on the radio.

When some liberals called for reining in harsh political rhetoric after the Arizona shootings, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) took it one step further. He called for bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, in what was widely considered an attempt to clamp down on talk radio. . . .

UPDATE: Lugar pushes for renewing assault weapon ban.

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) this weekend called on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

Lugar is the first GOP senator to call for increased gun control following the Tucson tragedy that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But Lugar, who supported the initial 10-year-long assault weapons ban when it passed in 1994, said he's not optimistic about the chances for passing gun control legislation this Congress.

“I believe it should be, but I recognize the fact that the politics domestically in our country with regard to this are on a different track altogether,” Lugar told Bloomberg Television’s Al Hunt Jan. 14.

Lugar also noted the increase in ammunition sales since the shootings, which he suspected was out of fear that Congress might pass far-reaching gun control legislation in wake of the tragedy.

A couple of lawmakers floated gun control legislation last week in wake of the tragedy, including one of Congress's fiercest gun control advocates, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). Her bill takes the assault weapon ban slightly further by banning the sales and transfer of high-capacity magazines that the Arizona gunman used.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) suggested legislation making it illegal for anyone to knowingly carrying a loaded gun within 1,000 feet of certain high-ranking public officials, including members of Congress. . . .



Blogger Doc said...

Mr Lott,

First, I am a huge fan of your books, and have bought More Guns Less Crime 3 times (all 3 editions). I also highly recommend it to all my students and to my left of center friends.

Gun grabbers, leftists, and politicians are usually ignorant of firearms in general, so I do not expect them to get the terms right. You Sir, are not. It is NOT a clip, it is a Magazine, and the difference is vast. Don't descend to their level of ignorance, words matter!

Thank you,

NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun Instructor

1/16/2011 10:09 PM  
Blogger Chas said...


1/17/2011 4:37 AM  
Blogger God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

Do you suppose if the nut-case in AZ had used a car to "mow down" the congress-woman and surrounding crowd...

Would we be talking about limiting car size, speed, gas tank capacity?

Would we be trying to take the driver's license from anyone who had ever used drugs or had a mental illness diagnosed by untrained observers?

Just wondering...

Dann in Ohio

1/17/2011 5:04 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thank you very much, Doc.

1/17/2011 8:58 PM  

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