There are always Arkansas lawmakers who want more guns in circulation, and the Newtown, Conn., massacre only whetted their appetite for additional firepower. Elsewhere, this would seem counterintuitive, like asking for more flu. In Arkansas, though, tightly controlled by the National Rifle Association, it is all too predictable.
Arkansas law currently bans guns from churches, a surprisingly rational public policy as well as acknowledgement of the Biblical decree that peacemakers are among the blessed. Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, thinks blessings should be for sharpshooters too. His bill, SB 71, "The Church Protection Act," would allow churches and other places of worship to decide for themselves who can pack during services. A similar bill cleared the Arkansas House of Representatives two years ago, but died in the Senate. With Republicans now holding a majority in both houses, SB 71 will likely pass. Expect a decline in church attendance.