Daily Archives: June 19, 2013

Locals right to take time on state gun mandate

Actions this week by the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission have confirmed what state lawmakers should have realized – there is a lot to think about when deciding whether and how to allow concealed firearms in public buildings. To allow themselves more time to study their options, the City Council and County Commission voted Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, to ask for six-month exemptions from the state law meant to force locals to accept concealed-carry across their sites. Meanwhile, the Wichita school board will consider a new policy next week to underscore that Wichita schools are gun-free zones even for people with concealed-carry permits – another local reaction that would push back against state action. As Mayor Carl Brewer said: “Just because a state legislator thinks it’s the right thing doesn’t make it right.” Plus, the Legislature would have more credibility on guns if it had gone through with an effort to apply the concealed-carry mandate to the Capitol, but that glaring exemption still stands.

Still waiting to see libertarianism work

Many Americans favor limiting government and are attracted to libertarian ideals. But why are there no libertarian countries? asked Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. He noted that tea party members “say they want to shrink government in a big way but are uneasy about embracing this concept when reducing Social Security and Medicare comes up.” Dionne also wrote: “This matters to our current politics because too many politicians are making decisions on the basis of a grand, utopian theory that they never can – or will – put into practice. They then use this theory to avoid a candid conversation about the messy choices governance requires.” Suggesting no ideal state of any kind will ever exist, columnist Jonah Goldberg responded: “The revolution wrought by John Locke, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith and the Founding Fathers is the only real revolution going. And it’s still unfolding.”

Too bad a memorial to fallen teachers is needed

It is great to see Emporia State University, which is renowned for training teachers, step forward to honor those who have died in the line of duty with a National Teachers Hall of Fame Memorial to Fallen Educators. Of course, it would better if teachers faced no threat in the workplace, whether from gunmen or natural disasters, and if there were no names to be engraved on what will resemble a 10-feet-tall open book of black granite on the ESU campus. The memorial, which had a groundbreaking last week, is expected to be ready for dedication in August.