Today’s Town Hall online entries include an essay by Kurt Schlicter that posits that liberals lie about everything, and while he points to subjects ranging from global warming to illegal immigration and terrorism, he overlooks one subject completely: Guns and the Second Amendment.
Schlicter could easily have done an entire column on the mountain of canards launched by liberals against the right to keep and bear arms, in Washington State during the Initiative 594 campaign, and across the country during every effort to erode the individual right to keep and bear arms. Indeed, many liberals cling to the myth that the Second Amendment applies only to service in state militias, as if the Supreme Court had not twice in the last decade ruled just the opposite.
By no small coincidence, Schlicter’s column appears the day after Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson warned of possible terrorist attacks at shopping malls, specifically the Mall of America in Minnesota. He advised people to be “particularly vigilant.”
Fox News has picked up on the story, and so has the Seattle P-I.com. However, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen blows off the potential threat as so much nothingness, what some people still call a “Sept. 10 mindset,” alluding to how the nation was caught off-guard by the 9/11 attack.
There is one strategy more people might employ if they’re concerned about terrorist attacks in American shopping malls. Carry a gun. With more than 11 million citizens legally licensed to carry, including more than 480,000 in just the Evergreen State, packing a pistol to the mall seems prudent if only just to thwart parking lot muggings, or the rare attack by a nut case.
Alas, many malls are clearly posted off limits to firearms. It’s the same in many government buildings, which are owned by the public. In Olympia, following a Jan. 15 incident involving some open carry people who took rifles into the House viewing gallery, open carry in the House and Senate chambers, as well as public hearings, was prohibited, while concealed carry still is apparently okay.