In 1905, after the Kansas Supreme Court concocted the myth of a “collective” Second Amendment right that only applied to state militias, Kansas banned or severely restricting concealed carry permits. One hundred years later, Kansas transitioned from a de facto ban on concealed carry to “shall issue.” Ten years later, Kansas has now removed the requirement for a permit. As someone might have said, that’s real change we can believe in.
Now the Sunflower State has restored public employees’ ability to carry on the job. From Kansas.com:
Public employees will be able to travel the streets of Wichita and other Kansas cities with concealed firearms starting Friday.
Empowering state and municipal workers to conceal and carry on the job is one of many new laws passed by the Legislature that take effect July 1 . . .
HB 2502 will enable public employees, except school employees, to conceal and carry on the job without any gun safety training. They were already allowed to carry in public office buildings in most cases, but this change enables them to carry weapons when they go out into the community on official business.
Why should Kansas school employees be singled out for discrimination? Why should educators be denied their Second Amendment protected right to keep and bear arms, leaving children undefended?
School employees have been singled out because gun control advocates have successfully demonized firearms. At the same time, Kansas’ anti-gun educators (and their union) control the state’s education system, wielding considerable power at the State House.
As for their rationale, the declaration that “it’s for the children” removes the need to provide hard statistical data. The antis’ long term strategy: teach children that guns are bad. They’re so bad that we don’t allow them in schools. It doesn’t appear to be working, though. Against all odds, millennials are not adverse to guns.
Meanwhile, with members of the public armed, often visibly, public employees are asking why they should be deprived of their gun rights. Numerous counties have preceded Kansas in restoring these rights; I expect other states will follow.
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