Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Pew? Like a whiffy Pew, or like. . . . .
I'm not really sure what they're talking about. See for yourself:
The story is titled "Packing Heat in the Pews," like citizens have a Star Wars lunchbox full of handwarmers with them when they go to church. How about a title that isn't despicable for once? Sure, "Citizens Request Clarification Of Equivocal State Code In Order To Not Be Fined/Ostracized While They Peacefully Assemble To Worship While Withholding The Means Of Self Defense" probably won't fit too well in the headline, but come on. You media types can at least show a little bit of neutrality every now and then. I swear, it's like you're walking around with you balls showing, and everyone can see them but you do nothing about it, wandering around with a huge smile on your face.
Anyways, Jim Snyder of the Virginia Citizens Defense League was interviewed, and I guess his clip got past editing because he didn't get his gun rights on. He chose instead to point out the obvious, that really nice Virginians want a silly statute clarified. That's why he gets paid the big bucks.
Also, the two people interviewed saw Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (my buddy Ken!) legal opinion as a good one. Of course, interviewing a huge white guy with a shaved head and long goatee in front of a Wal-Mart in Deliverence county, Virginia was bound to yield an opinion favorable to gun rights, so maybe the reporter wasn't so biased. I swear though you could here him curse under his breath when the nice looking woman said that she understood why people wanted to be armed in church; you have to take the bitter with the sweet. The opposition came in the form of a pastor at some church where, presumably, there had been several armed madmen hell bent on mayhem that were stopped cold at the door because they feared incurring a fine for having a firearm during the murder they were about to commit. So I can see his point about churches being places of safety and refuge.
So now churches are "talking" about whether or not to allow their flock to have a few sheepdogs within their doors. Good. If they have a problem with it, then they can clearly post their doors and let everyone know what the deal is. I find gun owners in general to sometimes wield their purse at issues that affect their rights; and from what I'm hearing about ATMs and credit card services in church to keep those notes out of default, the pastors might want to consider not cutting out some of their most loyal base. They may also want to consider that having half a dozen sheepdogs in the congregation would prove worthwile if a random madman got past the lunatic forcefield that protects the church and storms in with a shotgun.