Today in North Dakota news is weapons! Concealed weapons to be exact. In 2013, North Dakota lawmakers decided it should be OK to bring a concealed weapon to church (or any other place of worship) because, you know….there’s a lot of gun fights that break out at church. Or maybe it’s a hunting thing. How many times have you been sitting at church when a 10-point buck came waltzing through the door and you thought, “damn. If only I had my gun.” ? Right. That’s what I thought. But, in 2015, our lawmakers were still paranoid about what? Maybe a killer mountain lion attacking or a gun fight breaking out at a concert; or maybe a public park, oh and heavens, we all know how violent political rallies can be. So, they’ve decided anyone with a concealed weapons permit should be able to bring it to those places too, by golly! Of course, they didn’t say that, but Rep. Todd Porter (R) did say that “we want the God-fearing honest people of our state to have the right to protect themselves wherever they’re at.” Really? Churches, parks, concerts….yep, all dangerous places.
I can’t help wondering if this is a part of that whole “the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” thing. Of course, bad guys are never able to get a concealed weapons permit. Nope, only good guys are able to get guns. Good guys never turn into bad guys when they oh, let’s say, have a disagreement with someone, or maybe their marriage is on the rocks. Nope, a good guy with a gun is always a good guy with a gun. And hey! If everyone has a gun, goodness, don’t we feel so much safer? I know I’ll feel so much better next time I’m at the park with my son knowing that all around us are only good guys with concealed weapons.
Now, like most North Dakotans, I’m not against guns. We grew up with hunting, trap shooting, and gun cabinets in every house. Sure, everyone has a right to bear arms. But I can’t help wondering why the heck people would think they need to bring guns everywhere. It just seems…well…paranoid.
The good news is that even though the ND Legislature voted not to protect gay rights last week, I’m sure it’s comforting to North Dakota’s LGBT community to know they can all apply for concealed weapons permits now and carry a concealed weapon to help them feel safe.
This whole thing has me thinking that perhaps the legislators watched this clip of Archie Bunker on gun control before casting their final votes.
Seriously, North Dakota?