Brownback caves on guns; snubs Second Amendment, Kobach and NRA

Sam Brownback

Sam Brownback

Out of the blue, Gov. Sam Brownback has allowed to go into effect a bill that continues to ban weapons in Kansas public hospitals and mental health centers.

That’s right. After all his tough talk about how much he loves the Second Amendment, and how much he admires the National Rifle Association, Brownback caved. By doing so, the governor broke with a fellow guns-everywhere proponent, Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Kansans should be glad this happened, though many are probably just shocked at how it did.

Brownback released a nonsensical statement Thursday about why he was running like a coward from vetoing or signing the bill.


He basically said health care supporters couldn’t agree on a compromise he had tried to work out.

But it’s good they didn’t, because the health care community actually got pretty much what it wanted with the bill.

The best thing about Brownback’s stunning shunning of the Second Amendment is how foolish it makes him, Kobach and the NRA look.

— Brownback over the years has said things like the “right to bear arms has long been among those constitutional rights held most sacred by the citizens of Kansas” and that people don’t need a “permission slip from the government” for concealed carrying of guns.

Except, it now turns out, they don’t have that permission to pack heat when they go into public hospitals and mental health centers.

— Kobach last month had railed against Kansas lawmakers looking to keep the ban in effect in public health facilities. He said it was “outrageous that senators are working to undermine some of the crucial progress we’ve made on Second Amendment issues over the past decade. . . . Entities have a duty to defend you when they prevent you from defending yourself.”

Oops. Kobach will have to run for governor in 2018 knowing that Brownback let him down when it came to toeing the Second-Amendment-is-sacred line.

— Senate President Susan Wagle tried to do the NRA’s bidding. She promoted a bill to allow people to carry weapons in reception areas in public hospitals and health facilities, plus their parking lots and reception areas. “The NRA believes that people who might do harm don’t look at a sign and follow it,” she said.

But the Legislature properly turned down Wagle’s efforts.

Unfortunately, the victory for common sense gun control was not a total one in 2017 in Kansas.

The Legislature failed to pass a bill that would continue prohibiting guns on college campuses and many other public buildings past July 1.

So people can start packing and carrying in a few weeks at the University of Kansas and other educational institutions. How moronic.