State Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, continues his laser-like focus on the most pressing needs in our great Buckeye State, this time around presenting a bill to make sure Uncle Conrad and Aunt Jennie can arrive strapped while dropping little Timmy off at day care.
An email from the Buckeye Firearms Association elaborates:
Substitute House Bill 48… is scheduled for a vote by the full House on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
The bill, which passed out of the House State Government Committee back in June by a 9-2 vote, seeks to restore Ohioans’ right to carry in day care facilities (unless they post “no-guns”), private airplanes, school safety zones, and in non-secure areas of police stations and airports.
The substitute bill also contains “opt-in” language which would to allow authorities governing college campuses and certain government buildings the ability to allow concealed carry.
Places of worship, which already have the ability to “opt-in,” would see no changes under the substitute bill.
HB 48 reduces or eliminates many victim zones, or locations where a concealed handgun license is not valid.
From random acts of violence, to active killers, to terrorist attacks like Paris experienced last week, we know that killers prefer to attack in locations where their victims have been disarmed.
HB 48 is a priority bill because it would make many locations less attractive to those who would commit murder.
It’s nice to know places of worship already have the opt-in power, because Heaven knows when I attend midnight mass on Christmas, I like to belt out a Hallelujah or two while fingering the ivory handle of my long-barrel .38 special.
I must be getting into the holiday spirit, the “from random acts of violence” start to paragraph six put me immediately in mind of Scrooged.
“Acid Rain. Drug Addiction. International Terrorism. Freeway Killers. Now more than ever it’s important to remember the True meaning of Christmas. Don’t miss Charles Dickens’ immortal classic Scrooge. Your life just might depend on it.”
I guess this is our society now. So it goes. I’m sure some guy boarding a private plane, ambling around school grounds, or loafing in non-secure areas of police stations and airports with a couple six-shooters strapped to his hips won’t make anybody nervous—at least, not if he’s white.
D.C. DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He is the Associate Editor of The Athens NEWS in Athens, Ohio. DeWitt can be found on Facebook and Twitter @DC_DeWitt.