Rep. King’s odd suggestions to prevent future bombings

Peter King
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In the wake of attacks such as we’ve seen in Boston this week, politicians always respond with the desire to “do something.” Never mind whether it addresses the problem or not — see current efforts at gun control — the appearance of taking action allows them to feel as if they are still in control.

Reports out of Boston say the bomber used pressure cookers packed with nails and ball bearings to create a lethal explosive and Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), wants retailers to tell police about people who buy such items, according to CNS News.

In saying that “intelligence is so important, to be aggressive, to be out front,” King suggests this may help prevent such attacks.

“For instance, merchants, if they’re selling any components that can be used for a bomb, everywhere from ball bearings to beauty products, they can all be used to make bombs,” King told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday. “They should notify the police.”

Which could get tricky, considering these are common household items.

King offers little in determining how to put this into action, but notes that New York City has sent officers into the community to monitor what’s happening: “I know they’ve been criticized for it, but that’s how you can head off this type of — hopefully, head off — this type of attack.”

When government starts sacrificing the basic right to privacy under the guise of safety, is this a sign the terrorists have won?

But don’t tell Rep. King, who also calls for the installation of more surveillance cameras

King said surveillance cameras are “no different” from having a neighbor look at you from a window — or a police officer watch you walking down the street: “So I think we do need more cameras. We have to stay ahead of the terrorists.”

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