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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let us pray -- and check our safeties

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:06 AM

I mentioned yesterday that Rep. Lindsley Smith of Fayetteville -- a Democrat, Thomas Paine's champion, etc. -- was a co-sponsor of the bill to allow concealed weapons in church.

Her comments are on the jump. Also, Under the Dome is on it.

 

Smith explains:

I sat next to a woman at church growing up who kept a gun ready to go while we sang Amazing Grace in the choir loft, so I suppose I'm used to it, and several do it already I'm sure.  I figure that since it is private property and concealed gun carrying is already legal in Arkansas, then okie dokie.

[Sponsor] Beverly [Pyle] and I debated it and talked for a while before I said "sure, go ahead and add me".  Last session I also co-sponsored legislation to limit the prohibition of a knife's size that someone could carry around in their pocket.

It is just my libertarian streak--less government control of personal life elements and assured freedom of choice.

It is the shootin' part I don't like,  But if they forget to take it out of their purse or out of their pant's leg before they walk in the church, I don't think it should be a crime as it is now, and I doubt any prosecutor has ever gone after someone for doing it. 

I loved your heading praise the Lord and pass the ammo.

She also commented on a Senate committee's failure yesterday to endorse her legislation to honor Thomas Paine:

They don't like a man who encouraged a call to arms for independence who didn't profess their church creed, but I'm sure that the bill to delete the government creed that they can't carry
arms to church will pass quite handily.


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