Lawmakers ending hypocrisy on guns in Statehouse

One of the few somewhat positive things to say about the Kansas House debate Wednesday on guns – which included references to the Branch Davidian compound and Ruby Ridge to justify state gun rights – was that House lawmakers voted to end the hypocrisy of mandating that local governments allow guns in their buildings while banning guns in the Statehouse. Rep. John Wilson, D-Lawrence, offered the amendment that opened the Statehouse to concealed weapons. Legislators “appear to think the more law-abiding gun owners in a place, the safer that place becomes,” he said. Though he doesn’t necessarily agree with that view, Wilson said: “If guns are safe around first-graders, I really believe guns should be safe around us here in the Capitol.”