We haven’t heard all that much about this one locally:
[T]wo months after a new law made it easier to bring concealed guns into the Capitol, the Senate security force has installed special alert buttons on the phone of every senator and staffer…..At the touch of a button, an unseen officer in the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office can instantly monitor a conversation in Senate offices and respond if needed.
“Instead of reversing what we did, we’re resorting to panic buttons,” said Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich of Weston, who opposed the new gun law. “It’s unnerving. My staff is very nervous.” — Miami Hurled
They should be, Senator. But at least they and you and the invertebrate hinds in the Legislature have a thin layer of protection from the potential violent outcome of your own legislation, something we ordinary citizens in the real world who pay your salaries don’t.
Of course, we can always buy a gun and acquire a carry license. That’s civilized. And for police forces statewide would be relieved to learn that there are more and more concealed weapons out there in the hands of untrained citizens, ready to assist with firepower.
But back to the Lege. This is their idea, and they’re scared shitless. These are the people who took their marching orders from the NRA and passed a law that prohibits a psychiatrist from asking a suicidal patient and his family about firearms in the house. Now they’re allowing people — Floridians, no less; some of the most violent, unsophisticated, and brain-dead citizens in the nation — to cheerfully pack heat at parks, beaches, city and county government buildings, school district buildings, and best of all, bars.
And their own reaction? Special protection for themselves at the workplace. At our expense, of course.
In a related story, the early word from spring fashion designers is that Kevlar is the new black.