Sunday, June 28, 2009

Unloaded guns?

I can sort of understand this, but then again I can't...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A gun-toting Kentucky pastor says it’s OK to pack heat at church — at least for one day.
Ken Pagano asked his flock to bring their unloaded handguns — in holsters — to New Bethel Church in Louisville for a celebration of the Second Amendment.

I suppose baby steps might be the way to go, but still I don't quite understand what would be less intimidating about an unloaded gun considering the gun's only good for anything when it's loaded. Even if it was less intimidating, I think that would be a bad way to go about it -- it opens the door to, for example, handing the gun to one of your hoplophobic fellow churchgoers and saying, "Oh, it's not loaded, don't worry." Rule 1 violation right there. I suppose you could pull back the slide and lock it open, but still it would be better to treat it like a loaded gun. But still, I am reminded of what an old friend has always said: "An unloaded gun ain't nothin' but an expensive club." And so it would be, if someone came busting into that church with murder on their mind. I hope the members of that congregation progress to loaded guns as soon as they possibly can.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Louisville-area peace and church groups staged a gun-free event across town at the same time.

Peace groups. Yes indeed, more like slaughter enablers. Somebody oughta ask 'em about how that whole gun-free thing is working out in Iran right now.