Thursday, October 27, 2011

Missives from the Nazgûl Reality. Or Guns in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Remember the Nazgûl of Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker? He is now making it easier for disgruntled people to kill politicians and anyone else happening to stand next to them:
The public will be able to carry guns into most parts of the state Capitol, under a policy being developed by Gov. Scott Walker.
Lawmakers are developing their own policies that would allow individual lawmakers to decide whether to allow guns into their offices.
Under rules planned for one chamber, guns would be allowed on the Assembly floor and in the Assembly viewing galleries, said sources who have been briefed on the plans. That would mean the public could bring guns into the viewing galleries but would still have to adhere to other existing rules, including one that bars the use of still cameras and video cameras.
Can you take potshots at people from the viewing galleries? Probably. Not that this would ever happen of course! People who get the concealed-carry permit will be carefully vetted, carefully, and they must know how to be good at shooting! So that will make all this very, very safe. Take your school class over to the Capitol to see how laws are enacted under the eye of Mordor.

Once in a while I come across a topic which makes me feel like an anthropologist on Mars. I don't understand Walker. I don't think he is human.

And I don't get this whole concealed-carry idiocy. Do people think that they are all going to be Clint Eastwoods, shooting at the bad guys in a big Wild West duel or something? The reality is very, very different, as anyone with any training on crises and how we act in them knows. To really be able to take a mass murdered down, say, you need years and years of police training of a very specialized kind, and you need to keep that practice up day after day. Anything less than that may well lead in more deaths of innocent bystanders.