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January 14, 2011 / sadhbhanu

The Right Word: Rush to judgment

Conservative radio hosts, still reeling from the criticism of their incendiary style, took a stab at a more conciliatory approach.

“This is mellow Mike Savage, a whole new approach in light of the Arizona problem. We don’t want to upset any of the ninnies in Congress, so we’re going to do Mellow Mike on the Savage Nation. We don’t want the Prozac congressmen to go get a double dose.” [Listen to clip.]

But his mellow mood could not long withstand news that Republican Congressman Peter King is planning on introducing legislation billed as a “strict new gun control law” that would bar anyone from carrying a gun within 1,000ft of a federal official.

They may as well ban pens, papers, electronics, any kind of electronic device should be banned because, after all, an electronic device could transmit something perceived to be a threat to a congressman. I mean, what if you had an electronic device within 1000ft of representative Peter King of New York? Just think about it: it could be considered an attack device, a BlackBerry within 1000ft of a congressman could be considered an attack device. You could be plotting something.

I have to admit I’m not entirely sold on Congressman King’s proposal, either. I mean, why are only federal officials to be afforded protection? I don’t want any gun-toters within 1,000ft of me or anyone I know either. Anyway, needless to say, most of King’s Republican colleagues, including Eric Cantor and speaker John Boehner – who recently wept on the House floor for the victims of the Arizona massacre (that might not have happened had such regulations been in place) – have already voiced their opposition to the legislation.

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