[Image of Sam Brownback from the Huffington Post.]
Sam Brownback is the Repugnican governor of Kansas. We've all heard the stories how he believes in and has followed the mantra of a "trickle-down" economy in that state which has turned out to one big horror story.
Giving huge tax breaks to his (and the legislature's) corporate friends in the belief that they would, out of the goodness of their hearts, return money to the state coffers by enlarging their business efforts and creating new jobs, turned out to be nothing more than a Repugnican con job.
But everyone should know by now that the "trickle-down" thing has, since the beginning of time, been a ruse used by the Repugnicans to pick the pockets of the taxpayers in order to line their pockets and the pockets of their wealthy friends with freshly-minted cash.
And, at this moment, the state of the State of Kansas' economy is in the toilet. Kansas is dying. Everyone is in trouble including the schools. Sam Brownback, though, being a fine lover of Jesus, thinks this is just what Jesus wants. More for the rich, and less for the poor.
Now, Mr. Brownback, maybe not so much stupid as he is crass and incorrigible - like an educated criminal - along with his sing-in-tune legislature, has decreed that shortly (July, I think) any Kansas citizen may carry a loaded gun hidden in their pocket or belly button or the crack of their ass with neither any training nor a permit.
Just like in the old west. The Wild, Wild west.
But, dear reader, that's NOT the way it was in the old west. Not even in Dodge (Ks), Mr. Brownback. Guns were feared in the old west. The people of the old west were smarter by far than the NRA goons and their paid supporters in our Congress and state legislatures. They knew how dangerous guns were, especially if in the hands of the young, the crazy and the stupid.
So, in most places in the old west - the Wild, Wild west - unlike what you see in the movies - you were NOT allowed to carry a gun, concealed or not, permit or not. When you came to town, the first thing you did was to turn your gun in to the sheriff where it would be kept safe until such time as you decided to leave town.
Finally, Mr. Brownback, not being a Constitutional scholar, or a scholar of anything else (including the Bible which he claims to love so much), said that this new Kansas law is necessary and right because the Constitution gives everyone the right to own and carry guns.
Mr. Brownback is dead wrong. I would guess there will be not a few incidents in Kansas come July to prove him dead wrong. The Constitution does no such thing - it does NOT (and the Supreme Court is dead wrong here, too, just like they were dead wrong about slavery some years back and about Corporations being people more recently) - give anyone the right to carry a gun!
The Constitution gives the state the right to assign certain people in the STATE MILITIA the right to carry a gun in case the state needs defending. That's it. That's all there is to it. It does not give anyone else the right to carry a gun.
Here is the 2nd Amendment:
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Notice that the "right" to keep and bear arms is within the context of a "well-regulated Militia." In other words, if the free state is threatened, people will be allowed to keep and bear arms as part of a well-regulated militia" [such as the National Guard].
You'd have to be crazy to allow anyone to carry a gun without training or a permit.
Guess what that makes Mr. Brownback and the NRA and all the goons who bow at the altar of the latter?