Friday, March 10, 2006

Lawmaker pushes for tougher penalties for school gun crimes

Lawmaker pushes for tougher penalties for school gun crimes Diven wants mandatory 2 years in jail for offenses within 100 yards of schools
Another bubble bill.

What happened to the mayor's proposed 1,000 foot zone? Did it shrink to 300-feet?

I've been blogging about how they want to build bigger jails. Take a kid who is 13, make them face adult time. Wow.

How big is the zone (300 feet, or more???) for the casino? Just wondering.

"If you don't have safe schools, then you can't accomplish any of the things schools are supposed to accomplish," said Diven. What, so far, has Diven ever done to do anything about school accomplishments?

Diven tried to oust a school board member or two and insert some political friends into those jobs. So, Diven tried to accomplish political moves at a school. Remember the 'limo question' and the 'pink pig bulletin board?' That was a pay-back interview in Diven's neighborhood.

In some ways, the legislation would build on the state's "drug-free school zones." Does that work? Is that something to build upon?

And again, we can't touch those that live near schools, can't touch those that are transporting themselves and the guns near a school. So, the roadblock is having the law work in the real world.

There was a shooting downtown. The law won't apply there as the school kids were not near a school. There was a shooting a couple of years ago at another buzy bus stop near the clock in Mt. Oliver too. The kids were getting off a bus from school. Do you extend the law to include school buses and the bus stops too?

Furthermore, Diven was in Harrisburg when the 'bailout' came to the city. The bailout stunk. One of the provisions of the bailout was the firing of all the crossing guards. The city's budget didn't fund the crossing guards and that cost was shifted, wrongly, to the school budget. So, Mr. Diven, why don't you make a law in Harrisburg that makes school crossing guards the responsibility of the municipality -- and NOT the school district. I'd rather have the school district fund reading, writting and other educational needs.

These folks are trying to take guns away from the kid's hands. Fine. Do that all you want. But I'm going to try to find someone -- anyone -- to give the kids decent opportunities and more in their hands other than guns.

Idle hands.... What's that expression????

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Anonymous said...

Restoring the Most Neglected of Human Rights

Legislation Ends Firearms Registration and De-criminalizes Self-Defense

Harrisburg, PA – The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPA) calls on Pennsylvanians to support legislation that will strengthen self-defense rights and end firearms registration in Pennsylvania. A press conference announcing this legislation will be held on the Capitol Steps in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 9:00 AM.

This landmark legislation, to be introduced by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe and Sen. John Pippy, will keep those who defend themselves with firearms from being further victimized by government for their own self-defense. It will also end firearms registration for law abiding citizens. Guest speakers at the event will be Mr. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America and Dr. John Lott, a nationally recognized scholar on gun control.

Chuck Moulton, LPPA Chair, remarked, “We call on Pennsylvanians to meet at the Capitol steps in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 14th to support their self-defense rights. The right to bear arms for defense should never be questioned.”

Kim Stolfer, Chair of Firearms Owners Against Crime, a sponsor of the event, added, “At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task he was asked: "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic if you can keep it" he responded. On March 14th 2006 PA Gun Owners will stand together in the capitol to restate our belief in our Freedoms and to end these prejudicial extensions of government into our lives.”

Doug Leard, LPPA Media Secretary added, “Contact your state legislators and insist on ending gun registration and ending the criminalization of self-defense.”

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