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Whenever there's gun violence in Indiana, Paul Helmke can usually be counted on to blame the state of the law more than the actions of the shooter:

When Daniel Mola shot Christopher Elkins outside a Winfield bar last month, the killing became the town's first homicide.

The president of a national gun-control group says Indiana's lax laws could be part of the problem.

"If he (Mola) was carrying, it's always hard to tell in any specific case what might have stopped the person from doing it," said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, headquartered in Washington, D.C. "The problem in Indiana is, we hardly try to stop it."

Way down in the story is a small detail showing that no new law would have changed things, since the shooter was not in compliance with existing law:

Mola's permit to carry a concealed weapon was expired at the time of this year's shooting, according to the Indiana State Police.

Much of the article is devoted to Helmke's displeasure with the fact that Indiana is a "must issue" state rather than a "may issue" state. He has also been a First Amendment specialist (he was our lawyer before he became mayor). Wonder how he'd feel about a state that said authorities may grant freedom of the press and religion rather than must grant them. Something is either a right, or it's not.


Kevin Knuth
Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:07am

We can argue with the meaning of the 2nd amendment. However, I am CERTAIN, that it does NOT say you can carry a concealed weapon.

tim zank
Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:25pm

The second amendment says ALL OF US can carry a gun any time, anyplace. The various states have abridged that right due to lots of ridiculous "horsesh&" whims and regs at the hands of liberl arsewipes that think if you take away guns from normal freaking people the bad guys wiil turn theirs in and suddenly have an epiphany.

Here's a newsflash...CRIMINALS shoot people and they don't have a PP permit.

Take care of the arsewipes, and leave the rest of us gun totin' taxpaying law abiding sons o' bit%hes alone. We end up saving your sorry arses 9 times out of 10.

When you walk out of the video store at 11:00 at night and some frick-stick pulls a knife or club on you, do you want to the ability to pull your gun or a butter knife?????????????

Fri, 08/21/2009 - 5:33am

Timothy, you're getting awfully emotional.

Michael B-P
Fri, 08/21/2009 - 9:51am

Emotionalism in defense of liberty is no vice.

Bob G.
Fri, 08/21/2009 - 9:55am

Yeah...what TIM said...!


tim zank
Fri, 08/21/2009 - 5:27pm

I will give up my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Fri, 08/21/2009 - 7:27pm

"I will give up my gun when..."

Could we at least try to be a little more original with our chest-thumping slogans?

tim zank
Fri, 08/21/2009 - 8:39pm

It's not chest thumping at all. It's just a fact. And I've always been rather partial to Charleton Heston anyway.

Bob G.
Sun, 08/23/2009 - 8:44am

Yeah, how can you "Mess with Moses", anyway?

(Besides...LAWS are ONLY there for the LAW-LESS)


Kevin Knuth
Mon, 08/24/2009 - 9:00am

And Zank admits he would break the law and carry his gun to another state.

tim zank
Tue, 08/25/2009 - 7:01pm

Kevin, you crack me up, you're the kind of guy that would bring a knife to gun fight and then look surprised when you got shot.

Kevin Knuth
Wed, 08/26/2009 - 10:57am

Tim, unlike you, I don't go looking for gun fights.

tim zank
Wed, 08/26/2009 - 7:20pm

I'll bet you stuck in a lot of lockers in high school didn't you?

Kevin Knuth
Thu, 08/27/2009 - 9:32am

Nope, never once. Are you now advocating that guns should be taken to school? Wow, you are really out there....

Andrew J.
Thu, 08/27/2009 - 10:45am

No, I believe he was questioning the wisdom of bringing in knives when a gun would do.

tim zank
Fri, 08/28/2009 - 6:03am

Andrew & Kevin, make sure when you write about my comments elsewhere, or discuss elsewhere you follow the true left pattern and embellish my comments to fit your narrative. By the time you repeat this the third time, I will have advocated nuclear weapons in gym lockers at schools.

You follow the mediamatters, kos, huffington mantra well. No context necessary as usual.

Andrew J.
Fri, 08/28/2009 - 9:02am

Here's the context:
If you believe it's your right and it's proper to carry around a concealed weapon everywhere you go, dangerous location or not, then you should be required to periodically undergo testing/training as to the use of that gun. Show to me you know proper gun handling, safe gun ownership, and the fact you haven't gone kuckoo the past few years and are carrying around the weapon because you're Robert DeNiro in" Taxi Driver."Consider it an occupational license; hell, some states require CPA's and hairdressers to update their licenses and freshen up their skills. Don't want to be sitting next to you in a night club if you wind up shooting yourself like Plaxico Burress. You might miss yourself and get me instead.