Friday, December 12, 2008

Seattle Gun Ban?

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickel wants to make guns illegal on city property.

This includes making it mandatory for those with concealed weapons permits to surrender their weapons at places like City Hall.

Law enforcement officers will obviously be exempt.

This announcement by Nickles was prompted by a recent shooting at the Northwest Folklife Festival where 3 people were injured.

Sounds to me like Nickles is trying to act like one of those mayors or sheriffs from the old wild west days that you see in movies. You know, the ones that post big signs on the entrances of their cities that say you can't carry a gun in town.

Part of me applauds Mayor Nickles for having the courage to stand up to the state that tells him that he is not allowed to do that. The other part of me thinks he is being a little naive in thinking that banning guns on city property is going to keep guns off city property.

It's the old argument: you outlaw guns and only outlaws have the guns. A person that wants to walk into City Hall and shoot someone bad enough does not care that guns are not allowed in City Hall.

If the world were a perfect place, we could outlaw gun ownership and reduce crime. If the world were a perfect place, banning guns would keep guns out of the hands of criminals. But if the world were a perfect place, there would be no such thing as guns.

Any thoughts?

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1 comment:

  1. menBanning guns is not only a bad idea but it is unconstitutional as well. The only thing that such a ban will do is make it harder for those who actually obey the law to purchase a firearm. These type of things, while well intentioned, just don't work.