The Kansas legislature is barely back in session for 2016 and before their seats can even get nice and toasty warm that can only mean one thing –
Another gun bill!
The NRA must be giving some sort of trophy for the most gun bills by a state, because Kansas can’t crank them out fast enough.
My favorite part of these gun bills are the titles. Ladies and gentlemen I give you (drum roll please) HB 2440 a.k.a. The Personal and family protection act; regulating concealed carry in portions of public buildings or as I like to call it the Guns, Guns and More Guns everywhere in Kansas bill.
To summarize the bill – anyone can conceal and carry a gun in any public area in Kansas and if the public area says no guns allowed, they have to provide the following security measures:
1. Metal detectors
2. Armed guards
3. Attack dogs
5. A moat with alligators around the perimeter of the building
6. A hive of killer bees
Basically it’s not financially possible for a public building to provide the type of security that this bill asks for so everyone in Kansas will be packing heat and that’s the point.
But why? Is it just about guns? Why another gun bill when the state is facing an epic financial crisis?
That NRA trophy must be pretty darn amazing.
Then I suddenly remembered this headline from last week: Kansas Budget Problems Prevent KBI From Investigating Some Felonies
Kansas is so broke….
How broke are we Aimee?
We are so broke that we are short highway patrol officers and KBI agents. There aren’t enough agents to investigate felonies in our state.
Many felonies in Kansas, says Thompson, are going uninvestigated: “Of the 500 and some cases we took on last year, we declined well in excess of 100 case requests.”
Kansas keeps passing all of these gun bills that are titled “protection” bills – protection should be the thing we look to our police officers for. Since Kansas is so broke we can’t afford police officers and agents, I’m guessing the next bill will be having civilians investigate their own crimes. It would just make sense since our lawmakers are unwilling to do anything to solve our budget problems and instead want to waste time in Topeka rolling out the next NRA-friendly bill. Might as well make it worth everyone’s while and at least give the KBI and the highway patrol some assistance they desperately need.
You can title it – the Kansas untrained civilians solving crime because we’re too broke to do it right by the victims bill.