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

Dan Bartholomew December 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
After reading the Op-Ed, I was intrigued by the suggestion that "politicians" are using this event to politicize the gun control debate. The inference I guess is that this Op-Ed has another intended purpose? That this editorialist is somehow not fueling the debate? My take away is "leave gun laws alone, evil is evil." That's hardly a neutral stance on the issue. I would ask the Assemblyman what he's going to do then to help local municipalities and school districts to lessen the probability of something like this happening in the immediate future? Especially in light of the fact that our legislator doesn't feel like legislation is a viable option.
Daz Paris December 20, 2012 at 09:35 PM
College campuses have their own law enforcement to protect the students. Adding security staff to ALL schools WILL become the norm. This discussion also should revolve around two words that are not GUN CONTROL, but Mental Health. I refer to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-mental-illness-conversation_n_2311009.html
Kathy December 20, 2012 at 09:40 PM
All of the School Shootings with the exception of Virginia Tech, had 2 Common Factors of these School Massacres and that is, the Killers ALL had Mental Illness that their Parent(s), Family Members, and Psychologist were well aware and easy access to their PARENTS Guns. When will Parents and Psychologist STOP being ENABLERS to these Paranoid, Schizophrenic, Mentally Ill Killers? The Mother should of called Law Enforcement and Demanded her son be locked up because he was clearly a danger to himself and others. Why do Parents allow their children to play some of these lethal Computer and Video Games? The minds of children do not have the ability to separate what is real and what is not. Banning of Guns will not stop these horrible massacres, it will only ensure the Criminals have the upper hand. When someone purchases several Semi-Auto Rifles and large amount of Ammunition shouldn't someone inform the Authorities? It is time to start holding these PARENTS of these KILLERS responsible, that use THEIR GUNS, to take INNOCENT lives. If you’re going to have Guns in your home with Children under the age of 25 yrs, the Guns must be kept in a Secured Fire Proof Safe with Trigger Locks. If you have someone living in your home with Mental Illness or problem with Anger Management, then Guns should NOT be in the home period. Unfortunately, It has become necessary to have an Armed Security Guard at all Schools, to protect our children.
Doug Curlee December 21, 2012 at 05:15 AM
not much you can do with a kid once he or she becomes of legal age, kathy.. and law enforcement can't really hold the parents of anyone of legal age responsible for much of anything.. how assemblyman jones can even consider not banning high capacity magazines is beyond me.. NO ONE needs more than 10 rounds per magazine..this kid in connecticut apparently had a stack of fully charged 30-round magazines..plus 30 round mags for the two pistols he never got to use.. and yes, i do think sales of ammunition above a certain amount SHOULD be reported to someone.. i'm disappointed in brian jones.. doug
lisa December 21, 2012 at 09:12 AM
I'll repeat here what I wrote on the other article's board. If they can track sudafed purchases, they can track ammo purchases.
sheeple herder December 21, 2012 at 02:55 PM
And how has that worked eliminated the meth problem...?
pjerome December 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
If someone only had a a small hand gun-that held 6 rounds--it would be hard to do what this person did in Conn. Most people in America only want these war weapons removed and clips of more than 10 rounds-and then maybe this person would not have been able to blast so many rounds into each child like he did.
Kathy December 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Doug, A friend of mine reported to the Durango Police Dept that her 26 yr old son seemed to have a significant personality change and a aggressive Anger Personality. The Durango Police Dept went to the home, spoke with him at the front door and we're also concerned how he answered their questions. Durango Police Dept called for back up while a Detective was able to obtain an Emergency Search Warrant. When they entered this 26 year old's home, they found several semi-auto refiles, enough ammo to last a life time and hand drawing of his Massacre Plan, that in 3 days he would of attempted to kill at least 30 people of all ages. If a Parent. Family Member, Friend, Neighbor, Fellow Worker or ANYONE suspects that someone could be a danger to themselves or others, they MUST report it to the Proper Authorities. Would it be a waste of time, if you could even save 1 life? The Police and Law Enforcement are listening more then they ever have. We have to do all we can because unfortunately, every State and City Budget for Law Enforcement has been significantly cut. Yes, we do have the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and I absolutely support it. However, the 2nd Amendment doesn't say that we have the Right to build an Arsenal and commit a Massacre. Like Lisa stated, I had to provide a Photo ID to even purchase BIC Lighters. I noticed that when someone buys a Violent Video Game they have to provide Photo ID for that too. Yet I can go in and but as much Ammo as I want.
pjerome December 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
also noted Mr. Jones is firing a shot gun--not quite the same as a semi-auto war weapon-
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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