Just imagine if churches had to be subject to federal regulations!
Sen. Chuck Schumer, responding to the weekend attacks on Hanukkah celebrants in Monsey and worshippers at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas, called on the federal government Monday to significantly boost funding for security at houses of worship and the prosecution of hate crimes.
The Senate minority leader, joined by representatives of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Sikh communities at a news conference at his Manhattan office, said attacks on churches, synagogues and other religious places in recent years have become “a national crisis.”
“We have seen over the last several years, there has been a rash of attacks on houses of worship of all kinds throughout America,” Schumer (D-NY) said. “Our houses of worship are targets and they are defenseless. And so bad people, hateful people, terrorists, angry people, choose houses of worship over and over again.
“What happened two nights ago in Rockland County and happened in Texas the following night is part of a cascade of violence and intolerance in America,” Schumer continued. “It has risen to a boiling point. We need much stronger federal action.”
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One obvious point: the crimes committed there, though horrible enough, were violations of state law, not federal. Assault with a deadly weapon, murder, these are state offenses, which is as they should be. The killer in the West Freeway Church of Christ, Keith Thomas Kinnunen, was a previously convicted felon who was in violation of Texas state law by having a firearm.
These are problems for the states to handle, not the federal government.
But the second, and more serious problem, is that federal money involves federal regulations.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden attacked Texas Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year for signing a bill into law that allowed lawful gun owners to carry firearms in places of worship, repeatedly calling Abbott’s decision “irrational.”
Biden’s resurfaced remarks come as an attacker opened fire on a church congregation in Texas on Sunday, where he was immediately stopped by a good guy with a gun.
“Dealing with firearms, it is irrational, with all due respect to the governor of Texas, irrational what they are doing,” Biden told reporters on September 2. “On the very day you see a mass shooting … and we’re talking about loosening access to have guns, to be able to take them into places of worship, it’s just absolutely irrational. It’s totally irrational.”
Mr Kinnunen is stone cold graveyard dead because one of the parishioners was legally carrying a firearm and sent Mr Kinnunen on a one way trip to Hell, just a couple of seconds after the assault began, almost certainly saving the lives of many others. Can anyone doubt that, under a Democratic President, if federal dollars were used to secure churches, federal regulations would declare them gun-free zones, and have prevented the law-abiding parishioners from defending themselves?
I know, I know, whenever something tragic happens, there’s a hue and cry, ‘Why doesn’t Washington do something about this?’ But not every problem can, or should, be the province of the federal government, and, really, the federal government is already far too big, dealing with things that should not be any of Washington’s business.
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