Some folks — NRA officials among them — have suggested that the horrible shooting of Bible study members in Charleston could have been prevented if only they themselves had been packing heat. Presumably, after the shock of seeing or hearing the first several shots, those still unhurt would have thrown down their Bibles, grabbed a gun, chambered a round, and then plugged the shooter who, by that time, would have shot only a few of them.
The thesis of the NRA is that more guns will promote more safety. All churchgoers, therefore, should engage in open carry. As should all moviegoers, philharmonic patrons, nurses, doctors, homeless people, gang members, high school students from rival schools, moms pushing strollers in the park, drunks, football fans and book club members. Everybody in Idaho with a holster and gun on his or her hip. As we enter a bar or restaurant and everyone is fingering a semi-automatic weapon as they sip their wine or beer, safety will presumably be served. So much for a civilized society.
It seems like both the Second Amendment and insanity have no limits. If Jesus were alive, what weapon would he carry?
Don Lojek, attorney, Boise