Ohio Legislator Calls Concealed Carry Supporters “Lunatics”

Following a mass shooting, liberals always want to focus on the guns. They want to talk about how if there had been more laws regulating the access to guns, the mass shooting could have been averted. Of course, not to come across as cold-hearted, they have to pay lip service to the victims too, but their focus is always on guns.

On the other side of the debate, you have people calling for less restrictive gun laws and encouraging law-abiding citizens to arm themselves and train how to use firearms. We do live in a dangerous world, and pretending that laws would make any difference is naïve. Instead of trying to live in a liberal utopia where gun laws and gun-free zone signs are crime deterrents, we should confront the criminal element in society head-on, instead of pretending it’s not there.

The Ohio legislature passed a law that allows concealed carry inside daycare centers, private planes, and police departments. Obviously, this has ruffled the feathers of opposing lawmakers, one of whom called the idea lunacy. Cincinatti.com reported:

Sen. Sherrod Brown says Ohio’s GOP-controlled Legislature has gone bonkers, labeling lawmakers in Columbus “lunatics” when it comes to guns.

Brown’s remarks were prompted by a proposal from Rep. Ron Maag, R-Salem Township, that would allow individuals with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns in day care facilities, private planes, police departments and airport terminals before the metal detectors.

Brown said Maag’s bill, which passed the Ohio House and is pending in the state Senate, left out one key place: the statehouse.

“They’re all lunatics,” the Ohio Democrat told reporters Wednesday, apparently referring to a broad swath of pro-gun Republicans who have advocated for concealed-carry proposals.

Brown quickly highlighted Maag’s bill as Exhibit A in his case for calling state lawmakers crazy.

“The Ohio Legislature’s passed a law to allow concealed weapons in day care centers, but interesting, this same Legislature, in its wisdom, doesn’t allow concealed weapons in the statehouse,” Brown said.

“When I say they’re lunatics, that’s what I’m talking about,” Brown continued. “People that think you should allow guns in day care centers but they’re protecting themselves by not allowing guns in their workplace, that would be in that category of lunatics.”

In an interview Wednesday, Maag said leaving the statehouse out of his concealed-carry bill was an “oversight,” and he hoped the state Senate would add a provision to cover the building. As for Brown’s charge, Maag cracked: “These liberals drive me nuts.”

He suggested Brown needed to beef up on the issue before he spouted off.

“You can tell the senator that I really appreciate his concern about the Second Amendment,” Maag said. “Perhaps he ought to take a little time to read the Constitution of the United States and maybe he ought to take a little time to read the bill.”

It is a little inconsistent to remove gun-free zones in daycare centers, private planes and police departments, but not in the statehouse. Why are those other places okay, but not the legislators’ own workplace? Assuming what the bill’s sponsor said is true, it was only an oversight, and hopefully the state senate will add the statehouse as a non gun-free zone as well.