- 1:48 pm - Fri, Nov 4, 2011
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At Wisconsin Assembly Gallery, Concealed Guns OK, But No Cameras, Signs
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin passed a new policy on Thursday to allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons on the floor of the State Assembly and for the public to have concealed guns in the viewing gallery. At the same time, lawmakers are now barring the public from using cameras or holding signs in the public gallery. On Tuesday, 18 people were arrested for taking photographs inside the Assembly Gallery, including Matt Rothschild, the editor of the Progressive Magazine. Rothschild was arrested after he took out his iPhone to photograph the police arresting someone else for taking a photograph. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Democrat, has jokingly suggested an amendment to allow protest signs in the galleries — if they are taped to a weapon.
-I guess Wisconsin Republicans haven’t learned anything from the Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin inspired shooting of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. All this gun talk triggers a memory of mine from 2008. When Barrack took office a friend of mine said to me well I guess in our lifetime we will witness the shooting of an American Presidential figure. I laughed in 2008 because I thought the idea to be ludicrous, especially after the open top inauguration acceptance walk. It then occurred to me that during Bush’s reign I remembered a metric shit ton of celebrities, individuals and friends almost threatening to take up arms if he made it to the Whitehouse for a second term. The truth is, that democrats or liberals or the non-voting public don’t act all gun crazy. We don’t go out and buy bullets with the intent of harming another human being, however it is apparent that the Republicans/Tea Baggers are very much on that wave length. This thought process strengthened my friends remarks tenfold. - Buck D Addams