I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and as a state representative I’ll vote against all restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. The right to keep and bear arms is a key part of the Bill of Rights that must be preserved in order for our nation to remain free. Additionally, I’ll vote against all attempts to expand gun free zones in our state.
Recently, the Kansas state legislature voted to expand gun free zones, making the people within these gun free zones less safe. They voted to repeal a law that was passed in 2013 which required public hospitals to either allow concealed carry or put in place metal detectors to prevent guns from being carried into the hospitals. In my opinion, this was a big mistake, as it simply leaves people defenseless who enter public hospitals. Someone who has bad intentions and has the goal of going on a mass shooting spree isn’t going to follow our state’s laws, and repealing the 2013 law will do absolutely nothing to prevent the threat of violence in public hospitals. In fact, it does just the opposite and makes the possibility of a mass shooting occurring within a public hospital far more likely. Mass shootings almost always occur in gun free zones, because the bad guys realize that they’ll face no resistance in gun free zones. Therefore, as a state representative I plan on introducing legislation to restore the 2013 law, which will make public hospitals safer.
If a public hospital doesn’t want to allow guns to be carried into the hospital, they’ll still have the option of putting a metal detector in place to prevent all guns from being carried into the hospital. This makes far more sense than the current policy and would make public hospitals far more safe.