July 28, 2003

Guns in City Hall? No & Yes...

My first reply to the NYC Blogger/RNN Question of the Day:
Should City Hall Be a Gun Free Zone?

This is a no-brainer. While I am pro-gun control, I feel on-duty law enforcement officers should be the only individuals allowed to carry guns within the confines of City Hall. I don't trust Councilmembers and off-duty officers to carry firearms. It lessens the chance of those guns being used recklessly and makes it easier to keep a track of guns within City Hall

In the event that a gunman or terrorists attempted or succeeded in shooting up the chambers again, law enforcement officers would have an already difficult job to do, and they should not have to figure out the good guys from the bad. Suppose Othniel Askew used James Davis's gun after shooting him? He would have had more firepower than officer Burt who stopped his carnage.

This is similar to my opinion on allowing pilots to carry firearms on flights: it should not happen under any circumstances.

(the redstr collective answered earlier in the day.)

Posted by ronn at July 28, 2003 02:05 PM