Friday, March 15, 2013

A Minor Musing About Pistol Packing Preachers, Wish Fulfillment, And South Dakota Politics

I really want to move on from the school pistolier issue. Until proven otherwise, I hope the conventional wisdom expressed by Pat Powers and others that few schools will choose to arm school personnel will be proven correct:
I suspect it will be fewer than five. But – they’re going to be in the middle of nowhere, and have a long response time from law enforcement.
Bob Mercer, however, has caused me to have a mustard seed size bit of doubt in that conventional wisdom. In responding to a Madville Times post about a Yankton Press & Dakotan editorial that had the temerity to disagree with his rosy assessment of the past session, Mercer writes:
The nucleus of support for that bill, by the way, came out of Rapid City, Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls suburbs.
Mercer, a wordsmith of no meager skill, does not say from "representatives of" those cities and suburbs. The omission seems telling, and makes me wonder if there may be efforts to implement school pistoliers in areas other than rural West River.

On the other hand, it's entirely possible that the pistol packing promoting preachers, Representatives Hickey and Craig weren't doing the will of a large segment of their constituency. They may have just been engaging in their desire to go Hollywood and rewrite the ending of the under-appreciated Five Card Stud. For those who don't have 4 minutes 27 seconds, the real action begins at about 2:20

Update: I have learned a valuable lesson about writing a post and scheduling it to publish the next morning. I miss the news in the morning papers.. Nathan Johnson has an article about about Yankton 's city and county law enforcement officials' responses to the school pisotlier bill. Pat Powers responds and notes a Brookings Register article.

My doubts about the conventional wisdom being correct are increasing.

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