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."
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.