Our local keyboard commando is back today urging us to do more against IS. Like most of the Republicans in Congress, Mike Myer blames the president but he's a bit short on specifics beyond "doing more." Instead, he concentrates on amping up the fear, concluding:
What's it going to take? A bunch of kids on their way to the zoo in Washington blown up on a subway train?
Interesting that he uses a hypothetical threat to children to make his case. How about a real case like the Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and 6 adults were killed because of the widespread availability of guns?
I could find only one Myer column on the Sandy Hook attack. In it, Myer argued that "doing something" like limiting access wouldn't work and that action would need to be taken on the state level. Well, the state of West Virginia recently passed an "open carry" law despite widespread public and law enforcement opposition. Beginning June 5, West Virginians will be allowed to carry concealed weapons without a permit just about anywhere -- even in public spaces where children are present. Sorry, this strikes me as a much greater threat to our children than any from IS. And despite its passage early in the legislative session, Myer has not written a word about the law.