This is not a joke--it appears to be the actual thought process for members of the California state legislature.
Some California lawmakers are saying their jobs have become dangerous -- so much so that they want to be able to carry concealed weapons.First of all, someone needs to tell Sen. Lou Correa that you cannot shoot people just for wanting to--or trying to--punch you. That silly idea of his just goes to show why the members of the California Legislature are probably some of the last people who should be allowed to walk among us armed. But that aside, the idea that being elected as a "public servant" somehow elevates one to a special class that is entitled to perks and benefits denied to the rest of the citizenry is absurd.
They are citing the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Tuscon and threats from constituents in California as grounds for them to have easier access to permits to carry weapons, the Times' Patrick McGreevy reports.
"I've had guys physically come up to me ready to punch me out," said state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), co-author of a new permit proposal.
Under current law Californians who want to carry concealed firearms must apply to their county sheriff or police chief and show "good cause" for permission. That can include threats of violence or a dangerous job. Under the new bill, being an elected state official or a member of Congress would constitute good cause. The officials would, like others, be subject to a background check, and a sheriff or police chief could still turn down the application.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca objects to the idea, noting that elected officials should have to go through the same process that requires them to show good cause for the permit. And, in an unusual show of agreement, both gun rights and gun control advocates agree that elected officials should not have special status.
(OK, we won't talk about US Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)--CA and her concealed weapons permit...)
Sorry California public servants--you have to live just like the people that you
Good for the goose, good for the gander, baby.