The People’s National Bank of Troy, Missouri isn’t like most banks. Unlike just about every other bank in the state, there’s no Beretta 92 with a red slash through it on the front door. Instead, as stltoday.com tells it, their door has a message that says, “Management recognizes the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as an unalienable right of all citizens.” Not bad, huh? Unfortunately, Donald Lee either didn’t notice or figured it was just window dressing when he walked in planning to knock the place over . . .
But the bank staff takes that whole Second Amendment thing kinda seriously. So much so that the bank’s president was packing a gun.
(W)hen the robber walked out of the bank a short time later with a red bank bag full of cash, maybe he shouldn’t have been surprised that bank president David W. Thompson followed him out to the parking lot. Thompson watched the masked robber get in a Ford pickup parked in a handicapped spot up front, then pulled his Colt .380 handgun and pointed it at the man.
Thompson and another armed bank employee then held the stick-up man until police arrived.
But despite the praise coming in from around the country for the bank and its president, it seems the foiled robbery — cue ominous music — “raises questions.” At least that’s the basis for a story by fox2now.com “story” on Missouri’s concealed carry law.
It’s been the law for several years. It basically allows people to carry concealed guns in public. It’s still a controversial issue.
People are packing. Guns can be found with thousands of Missourians these days. The state passed a concealed carry law in 2004, but the debate is still raging.
Except that it’s not. The local yokel reporter just took the opportunity to examine the, um, burning issue — complete with dire blood-in-the streets-warning — after a object lesson on why packing heat is a good thing.
Claiming that there’s still a “raging debate” over concealed carry in the Show Me state is kinda like saying that chins are still wagging over the repeal of prohibition. It’s just media speak for “we’re taking this unambiguously positive story and creating a pseudo controversy to fill a little space and challenge a law we really aren’t crazy about.” It’s a mystery why local TV news continues its slow, steady decline.