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‘Mom’s’ group has fit over rumored Post Office CCW amendment

Anti-gunner Shannon Watts is sounding the alarm about a rumored proposal to come from Rand Paul that would allow people to carry guns into post offices.
Anti-gunner Shannon Watts is sounding the alarm about a rumored proposal to come from Rand Paul that would allow people to carry guns into post offices.Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The anti-rights Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) is having fits over a proposal from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that would, if adopted, allow licensed private citizens to carry their defensive handguns into post offices.

MDA founder Shannon Watts’s Monday press release was based on reports that surfaced late last week that Sen. Paul would propose an amendment to the Senate postal reform bill to overturn the current ban on guns in post offices. Watts uses as the foundation for her argument a number of post office shootings, but she apparently did not do her homework.

Virtually all of the high-profile post office shootings were the handiwork of current or former postal employees at the time the incidents occurred. Maybe what the post office needs, to make Watts happy, are more postmen like Kevin Costner, who bring peace to a post-apocalyptic world.

Ironically, Watts made her announcement today as Examiner was learning from the Washington state Department of Licensing that there are now 450,994 active concealed pistol licenses in circulation, and by the end of the day, that just might bounce up to 451,000, not bad for a "blue" state.

"There is simply no reason why post offices should be exempt from the ban on guns in federal buildings, especially given the history of shootings inside post offices," said Watts in her press release.

Right, considering how well the ban has worked in the past. The record of these shootings reveals that the perpetrators included: a fired postal employee, an “ex-postal employee,” a “former postal employee,” several on-the-job employees and so forth, but finding just an average citizen committing one of these attacks is a challenge.

That virtually all of these shootings were committed by someone currently or formerly employed by the post office at the time they happened led to the phrase “Going postal,” which nobody who works for the agency thinks is very amusing.

Such an amendment, if Sen. Paul is actually pushing one, is not for anyone’s amusement, but for the purpose of boosting public safety. But the fact that Watts wants to create the impression that postal customers were responsible for these incidents is good for an eye roll.

National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea weighs in here.

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