Monday, February 11, 2013

Concealed Carry Laws

Something fun happened in OregonFirst the Nazgül governor of Oregon, Scott Walker,  pushed for a law which allowed people to enter the Oregon state capitol armed.  My bad, Scott Walker is not the governor of Oregon but of Wisconsin.  Who can keep all those states apart in her divine mind, hmh?  The current governor of Oregon is a Democrat, John Kitzhaber.  (He could be a Nazgül or a Hobbit, I haven't checked.)

But anyway,  a few pro-gun demonstrators entered the Oregon Capitol building brandishing assault rifles:
A few hundred pro-gun demonstrators rallied outside the Oregon state Capitol on Friday to protest efforts to enact gun safety laws. A handful of protesters also entered the Capitol building itself and brandished assault rifles and other guns in the Capitol rotunda:
The Wild, Wild West.  But wait, there's more!  In Arkansas, some churches may soon allow concealed carry in churches which agree to it:

  • In Arkansas, CNN reports, a measure permitting concealed carry of guns in churches has passed the state House of Representatives, and it seems likely to become law. The revision to the statute declares a state of emergency and notes that “a person should be allowed to carry a firearm in a church that permits the carrying of a firearm for personal security.”
  • This seems about right. If I have one complaint when I go to church, it is that it is not nearly enough like the Wild West. You’d better keep that sermon under 10 minutes. “Please do not shoot the piano player,” read Oscar Wilde’s favorite sign in a Western saloon. “He is doing his best.” No doubt some variant of this will be required.
  • In fact, I can think of some other changes that need to be made to the churches to accommodate the guns. “Thou shalt not kill” should go. Replace it with “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Just as catchy, and more relevant to the situation at hand.

The medieval churches of Finland had weapon rooms where people left their weapons before entering, which makes me feel weird about the idea of people having guns inside the church today.

At this rate there is a market for shower holsters for guns.  If nowhere is safe then everywhere one must be armed, right?