Recently the Sedgwick County Commission agreed to allow concealed-and-carry firearms on some county-owned property. The idea received a cooler reception from Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and the city council.
Council member Michael O’Donnell pushed the idea, arguing that it’s now state law and local government officials should deal with it. But during a workshop, the council kicked the idea to district advisory boards. If it comes back to the city council, Mayor Brewer wants four town hall meetings before any kind of vote is taken.
I understand the argument that an armed public can discourage criminal activity and perhaps even prevent or stop it. But how many times has such a situation arisen in our city or county facilities? In my memory … none … notta … never. That’s not to say that something couldn’t happen. We could also say tragic accidents can and do happen with guns.
If we’ve done O-K without concealed-and-carry guns in city and county facilities since the days of Wyatt Earp, why do we need it now? Is this a solution in search of a problem?
Our thought for today is from Robert A. Humphrey:
“An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.”