The "Deadeye Dick" Bill: They didn’t even allow this in the Old West | Street Jazz

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The "Deadeye Dick" Bill: They didn’t even allow this in the Old West

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 12:22 PM

This is from today’s Morning News:

Bill To Allow Guns In Church
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:11 AM CST

LITTLE ROCK —— Arkansans with permits to carry concealed handguns could bring their guns to church under a bill filed Tuesday by state Rep. Beverly Pyle, R-Cedarville.

House Bill 1237 would remove any church or other place of worship from the list of places that a person with a license to carry a concealed handgun is not allowed to carry a gun under state law

While true that a very small number of violent  incidents have taken place in churches, this ludicrous idea, which would allow everyone who has ever had dreams of drawing down on a varmint in public is just flat-out insane.

I suppose one could allow churches to hire security people. But private citizens? Ye gods!

The popular notion is that under fire, the stalwart hero will just pull out their weapon, take swift and sure aim, and stop the miscreant in their tracks. Reality  - something the good Ms. Pyle may want to visit sometime - teaches us that in a panicked situation, with people screaming, bullets flying, and everyone running to and fro for cover, any potential Bernard Goetz is just as likely to shoot another innocent church-goer.

Not to mention some poor choir member, or the poor baby Jesus, trying to catch a few minutes sleep at the Christmas pageant.

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Quote of the Day - this especially true for the supporters of the “Deadeye Dick” Bill

"Evolution is cleverer than you are." - biochemist Leslie Orgel

rsdrake@nwark.com


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