McCaa Uncut: Special rights for state politicians?

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by JOHN MCCAA

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WFAA

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 16 at 6:39 AM

You’ll like this. There's a proposal down in Austin to give state politicians "special rights" when it comes to carrying concealed hand guns. It's this week's "Uncut" commentary.

One idea being kicked around would allow state lawmakers to carry concealed hand guns everywhere, even those places in which other citizens with permits cannot.

The sponsor, Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), told The Dallas Morning News it's not elitist; it's a reaction to the Arizona shooting of a United States congresswoman.

"We spend a disproportionate amount of our time with the public in these particular locations, and therefore it's a safety factor," Kleinschmidt said.

"There are so many places I'm scheduled to go where we don't know the circumstances, but you've got to be there," he said. "In some instances, you really don't know what type of neighborhood, what type of risks you may be exposed to."

Sure there are "risks" to being an elected official, but that sounds wrong in all kinds of ways to me. The last thing any politician needs is special rights.

Any limits good enough for us ought to be good enough for them. There's no way around it. It is elitist and a terrible idea.

They are our public servants and deserve our respect, but when I hear ideas like this I am reminded of a very old saying that some politicians, like diapers, should be changed often and for the exact same reason.

My thoughts, tell me yours: jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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