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Republicans gone wild

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While Holland was endangering Arkansas children (What if he'd taken out a school bus in his mad flight?), U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was maligning his colleagues and telling constituents "it's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor." It's a good thing Holland can't pack a gun in the Arkansas Senate chamber either. Though it has authorized, even promoted, the carrying of weapons at other public gatherings — churches, funerals, football games, what have you — the Senate has kept its own home gun-free. They know the Hollands in their midst would be no more trustworthy with a loaded gun than with a fast car. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas calls for an end to Social Security, thus thinning the old-people herd, and he's a Republican presidential candidate. The political affiliation of the armed men who robbed a Sunday School class at a Little Rock Baptist church is not as yet known.

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