House edit: Guns in the maternity ward

For years, freedom-loving citizens had to check their guns at the door before entering Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg. Perhaps the lefties running that community hospital didn’t like the idea of a shootout in intensive care. Maybe the vision of somebody strolling through the lobby with an assault rifle strapped to his back was disconcerting to doctors and nurses. It could be administrators took Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at his word when, in the Heller Decision, he wrote: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” and that nothing “should be taken to cast doubt” on laws “forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places …”

Is a hospital a “sensitive” place? Apparently not. Earlier this month, the Madison County Commission lifted the weapons ban at its hospital.

So, we now have guns on college campuses and guns in the hospital. State law prohibits guns in courthouses. Given the National Rifle Association’s recent successes, we can expect that to be overturned. Why, after all, should the Second Amendment be suspended in the courtroom?

Concealed weapons permits? No need. Prohibitions against gun ownership by the mentally ill? Scalia says that’s OK, but what does he know? Let everyone carry. If someone truly is mentally ill, their motor skills likely are affected, making them slower on the draw than a person in full possession of his faculties.

Guns in the streets. Guns in the classrooms. And now, at long last, guns in the maternity ward.

We feel safer.

Don’t you?

Corey Taule