Virginia Attorney General, Bob McDonnell has now declared that bringing holstered guns to a public School Board meeting in Virginia is A-OK.
Reading an article published in the Daily Press about a week ago, Attorney General: Guns OK at York school board meetings we see this
YORK -- School board meetings may focus on schools, but they are not school-sponsored events, and citizens don't have to leave their firearms at the door unless the meeting is held on district property.
That was Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell's response to questions from York County Attorney James E. Barnett, who wrote McDonnell at the request of the York School Board.
Worse yet, this was based on a decision from 2000 that allowed open prayer at school?
McDonnell said he based his decision on a 2000 opinion related to opening meetings with prayers. He wrote that a "school board meeting is a meeting of adults with official business and policy making duties." Students may attend such meetings, but they do so voluntarily.
Don't get me wrong, this is my first diary ever about "gun control" issues, and it's not even a really a gun control thing.
It's a common sense thing, why bring weapons into what are already (usually) heated community events with a high number of students.
Per the article, McDonnell's decision is based on the fact that state law already allows citizens to have firearms in public buildings or at public events, with the exception of schools or school property.
I'm no lawyer, but I'm sure there is another way to interpret this issue.
If you're on your way to Iraq as a member of our well-regulated militia, I guess you have a right to keep your sidearm (and a musket) with you, if you stop by on your way to your flight.
There aren't any Constitutional scholars who would find a right to carry guns under too many other circumstances.
Being necessary to the security of the free state also means we have to be willing to rise up, with force if necessary, should our own government become tyrannical.
I'm a strong support of Gun-Owner's rights, and I always will be.
I'm just saying Heston's no Constitutional scholar. The vast majority of scholars who've published on the editorial process of authors Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton have convinced me that the founders did not intend that there is a right for any individual to get a gun of any power to take anywhere. There can be reasonable time, place and manner restrictions, the most obvious examples inlcude restrictions for felons and children, and airplanes. After Kennedy was shot with a weapon bought through the mail, the NRA actually agreed and testified before Congress that the government should prohibit mail orders of weapons. I'd like to see minimum proficiency, as with driver's licenses for cars. (As with driving, if you don't have time to practice, you shouldn't be doing it surrounded by crowds.) The NRA teaches classes, right? They could be a partner in this. They've just figured out they can make more money from donors scared by Charleston Heston then they can by being a responsible source for mandatory training and refresher courses.
Until schoolboard members are afforded the same protections we give judges and other government officials it is entirely appropriate that this sort of jackass intimidation behavior be treated in a proportional manner.