Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Whisper in the Library
We have a good friend who lives in Seattle and frequents the public library near his home. He uses their computers when his iPad isn't enough. He'd better be careful now - he's likely to get shot for not whispering in the library.
Guns are now allowed in public libraries in Seattle, thanks to a state supreme court ruling holding that cities have no right to ban guns in public places such as parks and libraries. The board of the library system said it did not have a choice but to remove its longstanding ban on firearms.
Dave Workman, a gun rights advocate, told KOMO News that there’s no reason guns shouldn’t be allowed in libraries. “It’s public property,” he said. “Carrying a firearm is fundamental, individual civil right.”
But Pete Holmes, a city attorney, said he hopes that someday cities will be permitted to create their own gun controls. “It’s just wrong, and it is something that can be fixed at the state level,” Holmes said.
Guns are still banned in schools and courthouses in Washington State. Here is today’s report.
From Joe Nocera's blog on the New York Times website.