Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jessie Oakley

In her Waukesha Freeman column, our old friend Jessica McBride chimes in on the open carry controversy which was escalated by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who gave an advisory opinion on this matter. (Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Van Hollen tastelessly made his announcement on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings.) McBride writes:
Some in the media and other anti-gun emotionalists are tearing apart Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen for his – somewhat belated, but very correct – advisory opinion on open carry.

What provoked the open carry hysteria? Van Hollen simply reminded people about a settled fact. He reiterated a point that Jim Doyle and the state Supreme Court once freely recognized. He repeated the state Constitution. That’s controversial?
One does have to wonder if Merton's little Annie Oakley would be so agreeable if the person who wanted a gun looked like this:

Crown tip: Spring City Chronicle


  1. Why is it tasteless to issue an AG opinion on open carry on the anniversarty of the Columbine murders? Was it tasteless for the Colorado legislature to repeal the ban on private gun sales at gun shows this year also on the anniversary of Columbione? No. In fact, as we saw at Columbine, making all of Wisconsin a victim disarmement zone by banning open carry is a tasteless idea - victim disarmement zones don't work.

  2. Mike,

    It does not surprise me that you lack that insight. Van Hollen issuing on that date would be like a racist politician making a disparaging remark on Martin Luther King's birthday, or an anti-Semite making a statement denying the Holocaust on a Jewish holiday.

    And there is no credible data that carrying a gun has any significant impact on preventing crime. In fact, most of these mass murders are happening in states that have very liberal gun laws.