Target: Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas
Goal: Allow public institutions in Kansas to ban concealed firearms
In 2012, Kansas gave citizens the right to carry concealed weapons in all public spaces throughout the state. This was done in the wake of a number of mass shootings, the logic behind the measures being that armed men and women can protect themselves in the event of a similar tragedy. Even gun-wary communities must adhere to the law – unless they prefer unaffordable security measures such as metal detectors and security guards. We must tell the government of Kansas that it cannot force institutions such as libraries, courthouses, and universities to allow people to carry concealed firearms.
Instead of trying to improve public safety and prevent mass shootings by enacting tougher gun control laws, they have decided it is better to encourage more citizens to arm themselves when entering public places. This is twisted and archaic logic better suited for the Wild West than for an enlightened society. The worst part of the new law is that the government of Kansas is forcing individual public institutions to allow people to carry weapons, even if the institution itself disagrees. If the institution chooses to continue to ban firearms, they are mandated to adopt a number of expensive security measures for which the taxpayers ultimately foot the bill. This is not fair to the citizens of Kansas.
It is unfortunate that the government of Kansas has decided to try and protect its citizens by encouraging them to carry concealed firearms in public places. This will surely make the people of Kansas less safe. Ideally the law would be repealed. However, at minimum it is important that we persuade the government of Kansas to allow individual institutions to remain exempt from this law if the institution so chooses.
Dear Governor Brownback:
In 2012 your state passed a law that forces all public buildings to allow people to carry concealed firearms. This is a misguided measure which makes the citizens of Kansas less safe. If you wish to better protect the citizens of your state you should enact tougher gun control laws rather than encouraging citizens to arm themselves.
If you insist on letting this law stand, I implore you to allow individual institutions to decide to be exempt from this law. Institutions must be allowed to continue to restrict concealed firearms without having to adopt expensive security measures for which taxpayers are forced to pay.
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