Van Hollen said those demonstrations did not change his opinion on whether people should be allowed to carry guns in the Capitol.At one point in the protests, weapons screening was introduced, but it's gone now. These days, there's nothing to stop a person with criminal intent from going in with a gun, so Van Hollen is implying that it's in fact a safeguard for ordinary citizens to have guns too. He doesn't come out and say that though. Having seen the effect of the rotunda on the human mind, I worry about ordinary citizens in the Capitol with guns.
"Any one of them could have been carrying a firearm without our knowledge already had they wanted to do so," Van Hollen said.
October 7, 2011
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is okay with guns in the Capitol and other state buildings.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. How does that square with the image — seared in our brains — of thousands of protesters cramming into the rotunda and winding themselves up into a frenzy of indignation?