Skip to comments.Obama; No Gun Shops Within Five Miles of Schools; Porn Shops Okay
Posted on 03/03/2008 4:55:12 PM PST by JRochelle
I'm going to enjoy writing about a general election campaign against Barack Obama.
As Corner contributor Dave Kopel and David Bernstein note, Barack Obama proposed a few years ago a federal law against licensed firearms dealers operating within five miles of a school or park. As Kopel notes, "Every town I've ever visited which has more than a few dozen inhabitants has either a school or a park. Hypothesizing that the ban would apply to city parks (e.g., Central Park in New York City) but not to National Parks, pick a geographical region, and describe where a licensed firearms dealer could operate. Or pick a geographic point (e.g, Houston)and identify how far a peson would have to drive in order to get to the closest point where a gun store could legally be located. Extra credit for illustrative maps."
As the commenters noted, this would effectively ban gun shops from most of the country, and just about every city.
However, Obama appears to find another kind of establishment to be perfectly fine operating near your children's school:
Obama was also the sole present vote on a bill that easily passed the Senate that would require teaching respect for others in schools. He also voted present on a measure to prohibit sex-related shops from opening near schools or places of worship, which ultimately did not pass the Senate.
In both of those cases, his campaign said, he was trying to avoid mandates on local authorities.
The bill did not get the required three-fifths majority, so it did not in fact pass. (Mr. Obama voted present on the measure.)
Why on God's green earth does Barack Obama object to mandates on local authorities for porn shops but not for gun stores? Or conversely, why does he feel it's necessary to keep gun stores five miles from a school, but no limit on porn shops?
No gun shops within 5 miles of schools should be nearly impossible. Guess we better outlaw schools.
But, but, it’s for the chiiiiiillllldrrrrennnnn!
My kids would vote with you on that! Ah, but they can’t vote. They were born in this country.
With the 5 mile ban, only students who can drive will be a threat.
Kids who bring guns to school didn’t pick them up on the way to class.
One would think that a Harvard grad would know that.
>> I am starting to think that defeating this bozo will be a piece of cake!
I like to put it like this: if McCain can’t figure out how to beat Obama, then he’s not competent enough to be Chief Executive.
Obama’s bill shows not so much that he’s anti-gun, but that he lacks seriousness. There are lots and lots of anti-gun wingnuts in Congress, but they don’t propose laws like this. They know that such a proposal would be silly and would be defeated as such. Though anti-gun, they are serious about what they want and don’t want to be seen as frivolous, silly people. Obama either doesn’t care about how he looks or he doesn’t really care about the issue; or he cares but doesn’t know any better. In either case, this shows that he lacks Presidential timber.
Don’t you have to be 21 to buy a handgun in most states? What exactly is this law supposed to accomplish?
EVER ASK A CARTOGRAPHER TO MAP 1/2 MILE FROM SCHOOLS AND PARKS FOR THE MEGAN'S LIST BAD-BOYS...
THIS WILL NOT WORK.
The ol Babtist Church kill the liquor store ploy x 25
The Babtist distance is 1,000feet. Hussein made it 25 times as bad
I live in a rural area and I can think of several gun shops within 5 miles of the nearest school.
Indeed. Can you go five miles anywhere, expect way out in the sticks, and not find a school?
A 5 mile exclusion zone covers 78.54 miles.
Hussein wants to make it 697 times as bad.
“As the commenters noted, this would effectively ban gun shops from most of the country, and just about every city.”
This was one of the concepts behind the democrat version of the Gun Free School Zones. This act, ultimately declared unconstitutional, banned firearms anywhere within a 1/4 mile of a school. Take you typical town. Plot the schools. Draw a 1/4 mile radius around each one. In effect, firearms possession was made a felony in large areas.
To compound the problem, the Clinton deputy attorney general wrote an opinion that the term ‘school’ included day care centers and homeschoolers. So if someone baby sat or home schooled, then draw more 1/4 mile circles. What made this so bad was there is no way for one to know if someone a couple of blocks over operated a day care in their home or home schooled. You could be a felon and not even be aware of it. In effect, your choice was to get rid of your guns or face felony charges.
You might also consider exactly how you would plan a hunting trip across state knowing you had to plot each school and gun free school zone and determine a path around each.
Campaign hard for conservatives, because stopping this kind of nonsense is going to take more than keeping Obama out of the White House. The turn the GOP is taking will leave us without anyone in Washington to fight gun grabbing policies.
My shop is about 500 feet from our town’s school.