Originally posted by Trogdor:
So let's not have laws? Come on!
Forget about assassinations, this is anti-cop legislation. Ask one. Ask a cop.
What I meant is that legislation, in this case would not help to avoid assassination. It's near impossible to avoid crazy people accomplishing their purposes only by means of bureaucratic actions. Police intelligence should be proactive about people who publicly express certain discourse (like liking Mein Kumpf).
I also understand that it's necessary to have some regulations about firearms ownership. Like proper registration and even
the necessity of gun owners to submit themselves to sanity checks
from time to time. But no law will work if it's not uniform around the country (meaning: no sense in controlling gun ownership in one state if you're able to cross frontier and buy it in the neighborhood).
About carry, one important thing is to determine where's even legal to carry a gun. No reason to allow people carrying guns in closed public areas (like banks, cinemas, shopping centers, schools, etc). What a civilian do with a gun in a shopping center? or cinema?
Regarding to the incidents in Arizona, given the presence of federal judge and other authorities, I guess it would be legal for police to scan attendants in order to determine if they're carrying or not. I guess that under the "patriotic act" it would even be possible to arrest them for further interrogation.
Just a final question: since it happened in Arizona, if the guy was not Loughner and fond of TP theories but someone like Chavez, Rodriguez, Sanchez or other Latin family name, would he been able to kill seven people before being hold (not by police but by someone in the crowd)?