People living in Kansas who have never owned a gun, might now consider getting one because of a bill that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law on Thursday.
The new law takes effect July 1, enabling Kansans age 21 and older to carry concealed firearms without having to obtain a permit. That also means they don’t have to have training on how to safely use those guns.
Kansas is the sixth state with “constitutional carry.” The law has to be one of the worst public safety threats from the Republican-dominated Legislature and Brownback.
Neither everyday people on the streets and highways of Kansas nor law enforcement officials will know whether the persons they encounter or might piss off in road-rage incidents may have guns or the good sense and training on how to properly use them and when never to use them. It would seem that the only safety people might have in Kansas is for more adults to buy and carry firearms.
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The National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers will love the increased demand with some Kansas politicians hoping it will lead some gun makers to build firearms plants in Kansas. Security services will benefit because of the increased need for safety that more guns on people will create.
Why would Kansas need Medicaid expansion? Hospitals will clean up from treating more gunshot victims. So will funeral homes and morticians from more people suffering fatal gunshot wounds.
Let’s not forget cemeteries and crematoriums. There will be more of a demand for their services.
Police departments will have the beef up the number of officers on patrols to handle more criminal cases involving guns. The courts will have to expand, too, to accommodate more criminal charges and civil cases of wrongful deaths, involving guns.
Let’s not forget the need for more prisons to warehouse convicted offenders.
Maybe this is the jobs-creating plan that the Republican governor and Legislature had in mind all along.