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Guns in city buildings

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?
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11/01/2011 1:12AM
Guns in city buildings
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11/02/2011 1:29PM
Criminals Don't Care if it's posted.
My motto is, "It's better to have a gun and NOT need it, than to NEED a gun and NOT have it." The criminals are already carrying guns into posted buildings, why keep out the law abiding citizen.
11/02/2011 1:30PM
Basic safety
A lot of folks in Wichita choose to legally carry a gun, and I don't care to debate that. Expanding carry will improve public safety in ways many never consider. Every time someone with a permit does business where carry is prohibited, they must disarm, and store a gun. That leaves a gun as a target for theft in a car. I am also a firm believer that the less someone messes with a gun, the lower the odds for an accident. Holstering a loaded gun in a car is a heck of a lot more dangerous than just leaving it alone, and conducting your business, and leaving.
11/02/2011 1:39PM
Never know whatcha gonna get!
Because the times they are a'changin'! The world isn't as safe as it used to be. No one with a CCW is fantasising about actually using it, they carry in hopes they never need it. Like a spare tire or a fire extinguisher, I hope I never need my firearm, but if I do, I will need it VERY, VERY, badly.
11/02/2011 10:38PM
Afraid of the wrong people.
Are people that afraid of the law abiding citizens that can actually get a CC license ? They should be afraid of the "other people", especially those who carry guns illegally and don't care what the signs say.
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