Well there you have it Kansas Governor Bill Graves has vetoed the Right To
Carry Bill. While I am not real happy about having government officials saying
who should and shouldn't carry concealed weapons it was a step in the right direction to
get guns back in the hands of law abiding citizens. I am disappointed that the Governor a
Republican did not sign this bill into law.
There is an opportunity here for the Kansas Legislature to make an even better law than
the Right to Carry Bill. What the Legislators need to do is to look at
legislation that will repeal all Kansas laws that restrict the right of gun
ownership and self protection. It has been proven that with every restrictive gun law, new
and even more violent crimes are committed, and with those restrictive laws more victims.
Also with this increase in crime the criminals are more bold and brazen than ever. Only
when legislators realize that only law abiding citizens obey laws, and that restrictive
gun laws restrict those citizens from protecting themselves will we have a government that
is truly for the citizens.
It has been my observation over the past 40 years that as more laws are made more
victims are made. How can this be? We have a government that is "by the people and
for the people" but it is making it's own citizens victims. By allowing criminals
rights in prison we send the signal that it is OK to commit crimes. What ever happened to
the old saying "If you can't do the time don't commit the crime."? By sending
criminals to country club prisons and restricting only their travel what does that have to
say about our governments value of the victims life?
It has been my experience that those who own guns have a great respect of life. After
all the Bible teaches us to respect life. In the 23rd book of Psalms, David wrote,
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for
thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." How angry would the people
have been then if they had required a five day waiting period for a rod and staff ? Or
permission own or carry same by their government? With the threat of terrorism foreign and
domestic today it is clear that we all live in the "valley of the shadow of
death" this is why we have to keep asking for our government to give us back the
Right to Keep and Bear Arms.