I'm not quite sure how I feel about this particular development.
I am the very first to admit, I don't like to stand in line! I hate having to stand in lines...! I think that's a hangover from the military days, when we had to stand in line for everything! So anything that can prevent me from standing in line is a good thing!
Have gun, will travel into the Texas state capitolBy JAY ROOT Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
May 21, 2010, 4:27PM
AUSTIN, Texas — With security concerns on the rise, metal detectors finally are finally being installed and turned on at the Texas Capitol.
But there's one way citizens, lobbyists and other visitors can escape the lines: Carry a concealed handgun.
In the building where the conceal-and-carry law was written, Texans are not only allowed to pack heat. Under the new security procedures, there's now practically an incentive to be armed — or at least to hold the license for it.
Officials are creating one line for the masses, one line for lawmakers and their staffs and then a totally separate procedure for concealed handgun license holders. The general public has to get scanned at the entrances. State officials — and gun-toting citizenry — do not.
Now it seems to me that it would almost be worth the trouble to get the license to carry, even if you really don't intend to do so. That is, if you are going to be going to the State capitol on a regular basis!
It seems strange to me that you can carry a gun concealed in the state capitol, but can't carry in a restaurant or a bar! It seems strange that you can carry a concealed weapon inside, but aren't allowed to smoke within 50 feet of the front door!
It's all too confusing to me! I'm basically a simple man, and I like things to be laid out in a simple fashion! Somehow, this doesn't seem to be simple!
Now, my friend, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside for a bit! Don't worry, no lines and NO scanners!