Lots of folks are going to do this. So now anybody who wants to use a gun at the capitol needn't bring one themselves. If they're tough enough to beat up a lobbyist (not generally a high threshold), they can just take one from a civilian once they're inside.
Bill Miller already has his ticket to the express lane. Brad Shields is getting one.
Both veteran lobbyists are among dozens, perhaps hundreds, of the nearly 1,500 registered lobbyists who are scrambling to get state licenses to allow them to carry concealed handguns. Most don't want to pack a pistol, though they legally could, but want the license to get into the State Capitol quickly during the legislative session that starts in January.
"Because of a scare with one crazy guy with a gun, the only way to get quick access to the Capitol will be to carry a gun," said Shields, who has been a lobbyist for nearly three decades. He represents a variety of business clients, along with associations representing everything from yoga practitioners to dental hygienists to audiologists. "Now, that makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?"
And of course, the shooting incident spurring all this foolishness happened outside the capitol. So now all the civilians with guns will quickly go inside while gaggles of unarmed people wait in line outside the doors to go through the metal detectors, maximizing the number of soft targets.
Genius, huh? The Law of Unintended Consequences remains in full effect.
This is definitely little more than security theater, the only question being if it's merely a goofball comedy or a prelude to a tragedy.
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