Repeal this dangerous Kansas gun law
07/03/2013 10:28 AM
07/03/2013 5:52 PM
that — starting Monday — now allows licensed gun owners to bring concealed weapons into a lot more government buildings, school facilities and onto college campuses.
Kowtowing to the National Rifle Association, the GOP-led Kansas Legislature passed that law in the most recent session. The members’ goal: Put more guns and knives into public spaces to make people safer.
And yes, if that reasoning sounds stupid to you, Brewer feels your pain.
“It’s obvious we have some issues in Topeka, to say the least,” he said at arecent Wichita City Council meeting
, where members were discussing asking for a six-month exemption from the law as well as whether to fight a new state law that also allow knives into the public buildings.
“Sometimes you have to stand up and say you don’t think this is the right thing,” Brewer said. “Just because a state legislator thinks it’s the right thing doesn’t make it right.”
Meet state Sen. Forrest Knox, an Altoona Republican, who put together the conceal carry law.
He recently said, “Good Kansans with guns make all of Kansas safer.”
Statistically, of course, this is nonsense.
The Legislature took its action opening public buildings and facilities up to more guns and knives at the behest of almost no one from the cities or schools.
There was no parade of city officials pointing to an increase in shootings in public buildings of innocent people, thereby demonstrating a supposed need for even more guns to be carried into these spaces.
There was no parade of officials asking for their jobs to be made more difficult by allowing more people to carry guns to public hearings or onto college campuses.
No, the GOP-dominated Legislature wanted to defy the gun-control crowd and pass an inane law.
It needs to be repealed in the 2014 session.
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