According to the news, some members of Congress are discussing legislation to permit themselves to carry guns, even on the floors of their respective Houses. This is because of the recent gunshot injury to one of their own. Also under consideration is increased funding for security in the Capitol and other measures to protect themselves.
No one wants to even think they might be murdered. I fully sympathize with this concern. But, frankly, I don’t think their lives are worth one whit more than mine, or those of my family and friends, or those of any other citizen of these United States. In the interest of equal protection under the law, such protection should be extended to cover other, perhaps less august, lives – lives that are equally at risk, lives that probably are statistically even at greater risk. After all, according to the Constitution, all men (ahem!) are created equal.
According to the news on the same day, a man in a suburb of D.C. was shot in the hallway of his apartment building. Let’s include all apartment dwellers: allow them to carry guns in the hallways of their apartment buildings. There should be more security there, too.
Also on the same day, the news included the finding of a woman’s body, dismembered and entombed in concrete. Her boyfriend is suspected of the murder. All too frequently, wives and girlfriends are killed by their husbands or significant others. Let’s include permission for all women to carry guns. I suppose most women won’t want outside protection on their dates or in their homes, but such protection should be made available to all women who request it.
Only a few years ago in the D.C. area, several female joggers were attacked and killed.
Convenience store workers are infinitely more likely to get shot than members of Congress.
High school and college students clearly are at risk. Other gun-carrying students have gone on rampages and shot multiple colleagues on their campuses.
Inner city residents are subject to potential death by drive-by shootings.
Anyone could be murdered by a serial killer.
Only a year or so ago, several elderly women were raped in their homes in the Virginia suburbs of D.C. Oops, women of all ages are potential targets for rape. Rape is almost as bad as getting murdered.
We all deserve equal protection. Risks come from a person’s life choices, or life’s circumstances, or simply with really bad luck. Crazy people exist everywhere. Evil people exist. Life is not always a bowl of cherries.
Then, there was Aaron Burr, and a recent Vice President who shot a friend on a farm. Statistically, I’m willing to bet that this is the highest percentage of gun incidents in any job category. Uh, I’m assuming both were legally entitled to be carrying those guns, but that didn’t exactly make either incident ok, did it? The latter was, allegedly, an accident. Hummm. Probably V.P.s should not be permitted to carry or use guns.
It seems to me that there is an odor of hysteria in Congress right now. However, Congress should remember that they are not entitled to anything more than that of the rest of the population. Moreover, they chose to be there, and they voluntarily do things that annoy some people. We all do things that annoy some people.
I have a solution: Congress should only legalize a gun chained to every desk on the floors of the Capitol buildings. That way, these crazies can (hopefully) only shoot themselves.