Review-Journal: Las Vegas protests raise gun control questions
Metro admitted that officers who killed the the "heavily armed" man outside the federal courthouse didn't have body cams. Let's hope security cameras from the courthouse captured what was going on.
One crazy dude at a protest organized and lead by Leftists doesn't mean there is a problem. If the laws against murder didn't stop the piece of crap that shot Officer Mikalonis from trying that or Steven Paddock from blasting the concert, what does this idiot politician care think another law will do? Time and time again, for two hundred years, gun control laws have only affected the law-abiding.
A few things of note. Metro's lobbyist Chuck Callaway isn't calling for this, notoriously anti-gun Democratic county commissioner Justin Jones is.
“We can have this discussion about strollers and purses, but we ought to also be having the discussion about Metro being a partner at the Legislature in ensuring that we can protect your officers from gun violence,” Commissioner Justin Jones told Metropolitan Police Department lobbyist Chuck Callaway, who was advocating for the backpack ban and previously did not support county efforts for authority over gun law.
Jones, a Democrat like all fellow commissioners, had previously argued for local gun control: He testified in favor of a bill introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui during last year’s legislative session that would have, in part, restored local governments’ authority to regulate firearms.
So they want to ban firearms from the Strip/events. Following the bag ban, this will probably apply to special events, like protests and New Years' Eve. Will there be a serious study to see if this is the solution to the problem or if there even is a problem? Nope. Michael Bloomberg's money has bought and paid for an anti-gun Legislature.
The premise is a stupid one. All it does is stop stupid or undetermined people from bringing guns, but that never stopped a politician. Steven Paddock shot from a hotel room in the Mandalay Bay hundreds of yard to rain bullets down inside a security perimeter. Someone with a rifle could easily kill people inside a "secure zone." The ballistic trajectory of .30 caliber rifle is over a mile. Why not do what author Matt Bracken wrote about and fire in a ballistic trajectory, sort of like artillery?
Heaven help us if jihadis or rogue soldiers get their hands on a mortar. Or suicide bombers with explosives under their parkas. Or screw the large events, target people away from them. Jones' proposal is whack-a-mole hitting at the wrong holes.
Note to the feds and cops reading this: Nevada Carry doesn't support the boogaloo or assassinating people. Revolution is the fantasy of a madman. All we want is to be able to enjoy the Big Special Thing without worrying about being disarmed as we walk through a dark parking garage at 2 AM or stand around the Legislature peacefully with our rifles. Remember, there was no violence at any of the pro-gun/conservative protests. It was the Leftists that started this.
Will Washoe County glom on? When firearms were banned from school grounds in the '80s because gang members were coming to high schools armed, colleges jumped on the bandwagon because they wanted to, not because there was a problem.
There is the very real danger of a "narrow" infringement growing beyond just NYE and protests. Surely some casinos are salivating at disarming customers, which will absolutely piss off the hundreds of thousand of gun owners in the valley. You think locals we're PO'd about having to pay for parking?
While these changes are not needed, at the very least the proposed change needs to specify limited areas and duration as well as permitting at a minimum legal concealed carry. A federal court might actually side with people that carrying firearms at a protest is protected political speech. Any wider ban would certainly result in successful legal challenge under the Nevada and federal constitutions. The state constitution is quite specific about the right to bear arms.
Hold your nose and vote Republican. It's the only way to save our rights and our freedom.
Clayton E. Cramer
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