No umbrellas, but firearms are fine
Events involving armed individuals at state capitols should motivate legislators to reassess firearm and overall security policy at government buildings.
As a gun owner and retired law-enforcement officer, I can see Second Amendment supporters showing up in street clothes, and if they must, carrying their favorite hunting rifle or even their AR-15. However, when people show up in full tactical gear, I view that as a very different message and attitude.
Law enforcement and the military wear tactical uniforms for several reasons. One is to identify themselves as some sort of lawful authority. It also identifies them as members of a unit or team and can provide some level of protection. But tactical uniforms also convey an implied threat that those wearing them are prepared to used force, deadly force, if necessary.
Civilians wearing these tactical uniforms at supposedly peaceful protests begs the question: Who are they prepared to go tactical against? The worst answer is: Anybody they perceive to be a threat or that they disagree with.
To add to the lack of common sense in this situation, umbrellas are banned from the Kentucky Capitol, apparently viewed as some sort of security threat. At the same time, individuals armed with semi-automatic rifles are allowed in the building and are not even required to pass through metal detecting checkpoints. Can someone please explain this insanity? And please come up with something better than the Second Amendment.
Our state legislators have several options to address this unsafe situation: They can prohibit any firearms (with certain exceptions) and umbrellas if they must, from being in state government buildings or, if they must allow firearms, then at least allow people to bring in their umbrellas. The umbrellas at least be used to protect the individual carrying it and state legislators and employees from bullets fired from firearms. (Sarcasm if you haven’t figured it out.) I’m not sure how effective they will be as offensive weapons against individuals armed with firearms. (More sarcasm).
With the threats of armed conflict currently being generated by various groups, it is time for legislators to step up and do the right thing – the common sense thing. After all, their lives may depend on it.
Remember and cherish our heritage
On Jan. 16, 2020, the local organizations of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Ancestral Trails Historical Society and others hosted a celebration of Religious Freedom Day at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. State officers and members from around the state traveled to join the celebration which was open to the public.
This date was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1993 to perpetually recognize the writing of the Statute For Religious Freedom by Thomas Jefferson in 1777 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We celebrated and reflected on the statute’s journey to the Constitution.
However, we were the only group in the surrounding regions (maybe anywhere) to actually celebrate the day with a program designed to recognize, understand and appreciate the achievement of our founding fathers.
Unfortunately, we will not have a celebration this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still note the day and remember the founding fathers, their achievements and our heritage. We also can renew our appreciation of the SAR, DAR and Ancestral Trails for their continuing work.
Also, we would like to note that local history, significant and parallel, was developing during this historical time with the founding of Severns Valley Baptist Church on June 18, 1781. It was the first church gathered after the Continental Congress officially created the United States of America on March 1, 1781.
June 18, 2021, will be the 240th birthday of Severns Valley Baptist Church, another date worthy of remembrance.
Don and Glenda Patterson