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Pro Gun Rights Assemblyman Jones: Newtowns ‘Are Going to Happen’

Former Santee Councilman Brian Jones says: "No law or series of laws could ever have prevented this tragedy."

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An opinion piece about the Newtown shooting and the "knee-jerk reaction to rush and pass new laws" was written by Assemblyman Brian Jones and published at UT San Diego Thursday.

In his Op-Ed, Jones writes:

"We must not let emotion and hysteria overshadow the facts as we start the gruesome process of sorting through the details of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. We must home in on the sad truth of the situation – no law or series of laws could ever have prevented this tragedy. This kind of evil respects no law, nor any code of civilized society. ...

"As a society, we have to come to the realization that we cannot legislate error, stupidity or evil. In the course of the human experience, these are going to happen."
Read the rest at UT San Diego

Jones has spoken on the Assembly floor in defense of Second Amendment gun ownership rights and holds an annual Second Amendment Awareness event at the Lemon Grove Gun Club.

He represents Assembly District 71, has a district office in Santee and once served on the Santee City Council.

Also read an opposing Op-Ed on the gun control issue

pjerome December 21, 2012 at 09:13 PM
so we lay off a teacher to be replaced by a security guard..Don't think so. Security fencing-for the whole school--front gate has camera --must identify self prior and state your business-many schools have this set up now. And please no weapons for teachers-they would have to be locked up any way.
jonah December 22, 2012 at 09:02 AM
i have been reading a lot about SSRI antidepressants and their role in these incidents of school violence.most people, gun owners and anti-gun activists can agree that this is a recent phenomenon. all i hear is the same argument,somewhere between arming children and banning all weapons,do some research yourself and see when these school shootings started and when they started giving SSRI's to children,you might find yourself with a new perspective on this.
Miriam Iosupovici December 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM
The data is crystal clear. In those countries which have banned such weapons (examples are Australia and New Zealand) mass murders have gone down or stopped entirely. Assemblyman Jones is simply wrong, misinformed, or deliberately following the absurd line of the NRA. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/07/23/six-facts-about-guns-violence-and-gun-control/> While rates of gun ownership have actually gone down in the US, we continue to be at risk. Suicide rates with guns have gone up, also. Enough. Nobody needs an assault rifle or massive ammo clips. I'm tired of people dying and these apologists spouting the same rhetoric. Let's try gun regulation and see what happens. Better mental health services are needed anyway. Do we need people dying to get a clue? Apparently so. How sad. As the Brady Campaign says: "We are better than than that."
Ina Mozer December 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Brian Jones is wrong. Those people who feel strongly about gun safety and gun regulation must organize in the same manner as the NRA. Then they will develop the clout, money and influence to marshall their forces and begin to enact meaningful legislation similar to countries like Australia and New Zealand. Ina
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