Idaho Lawmakers Discover That Openly-Displayed Guns Don’t Make You Feel Free

So a guy with a gun (holstered pistol) walks into the Idaho State Legislature. No, this isn’t the setup to a joke, it really happened. Fortunately, no one was hurt, although he latched onto a school group to gain access to the floor and then proceeded to look at papers on legislators’ desks (and checked out their garbage–not sure what that’s about). What I find fascinating, in a ‘boy, are you fucking stupid’ kind of way is the reaction of the legislators. Rather than acting like ‘real Americans’ and the staunch gun nuts most of them claim to be, they seem to resemble Boston liberals (AAAIIEEE!!!). Said one august solon:

[Republican Senator] Hill has urged lawmakers to be careful about what they leave on their desks, but he is also concerned about larger security issues. “What happens when six people come and sit in the front row of the gallery with shotguns across their laps?” Hill said. “I sure as heck am not going to leave my senators in there with that.”


For the record, Hill supports conceal carry laws. Seriously, the hallmark of a civilized society is the absence of threats of violence. These brilliant minds are just figuring this out (maybe).

Aside: After the 2012 Occupy protests, the Idaho legislature banned possession of just about everything in their building. Except for guns. Maybe the Occupiers should have brought guns. If nothing else, it would have led to some gun possession restrictions in some very surprising parts of the country….

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1 Response to Idaho Lawmakers Discover That Openly-Displayed Guns Don’t Make You Feel Free

  1. Jim Thomerson says:

    There was some harmless shooting in the Texas State Capitol a while back. So metal detectors were installed. Everyone has to go through the metal detectors except people with Concealed Carry permits. I am not sure, but I think a person carrying a long gun in a legal manner; that is, openly and in a non threatening way, would bypass the metal detector.

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