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The National Rifle Assn. (NRA) must be stopped and whoever accomplishes this feat will be a hero, at least in my book. They have ramrodded a new law through the House, HR 822, that would allow anyone in a state with loose concealed carry laws (like Arizona) to carry their handgun in any other state in the country, no matter what the laws of that state are. This is the first piece of legislation this inept Congress has come up with since the Giffords shooting.

That means other wackos like Jared Loughner from the Tucson massacre and Seung-Hui Cho from the similar disaster at Virginia Tech—and they are walking around out there with guns in their pockets—could take their firearms to a state with stricter laws and hold their own massacre. Pure idiocy. “The Second Amendment is a fundamental right to bear arms that should not be constrained by state boundary lines," said GOP Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in the Huff Post.

Bullshit. I am not even convinced that the 2nd Amendment literally includes the right to carry a concealed weapon and I think with the recent momentum of gun control advocates, this very point may be up for consideration. It is sheer insanity to pass a law that makes one state law—especially one passed by deranged legislators like those in Arizona—a national law. The latter are now trying to push guns on college campuses; you can already take them into bars.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report tells us that 8,775 people were killed in shooting incidents in 2010. Barry Krisberg, a criminalist from Berkeley’s School of Law, says we can expect an increase in 2011. He adds, in an article from The Telegraphin the United Kingdom, “Overall violent crime rates in the US are going down but comparatively, shootings and homicides are going up a little bit. Last year we had both an increase in police officers shot and killed and also an uptake in citizens being shot and killed.”

Krisberg also said that a dilution of weapons legislation has led to people who are mentally ill and who have criminal convictions being able to go out and freely buy guns. This is a result of the lack of background checks and the gun show private sale loophole.

In another example of a deranged gunman that shouldn’t have had a firearm, he ended up shooting and killing a park ranger in Washington state. According to the mother of his toddler daughter, he “was a former soldier who owned many knives and guns despite an emotionally unstable, vindictive and anger-prone mind-set.”

And the NRA wants to turn more of these lunatics loose across the country with guns hidden their pockets. HR 822 is designed to do just that and it must be stopped now.

See video of recent White House shooting here.

Read more on my Nasty Jack blog

Originally posted to dundiv on Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST.

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