If it's a good idea for people to bring their guns into national parks or into a crowded bar -- the better to defend themselves against real bad guys -- then by that logic it only stands to reason that allowing guns in the halls of Congress would be a GREAT idea. That's what E.J. Dionne says:
He went on: "The benefits of conceal and carry extend to more than just the individuals who actually carry the firearms. Since criminals are unable to tell who is and who is not carrying a firearm just by looking at a potential victim, they are less likely to commit a crime when they fear they may come in direct contact with an individual who is armed."
In other words, keeping guns out of the Capitol makes all our elected officials far less safe. If just a few senators had weapons, the criminals wouldn't know which ones were armed, and all senators would be safer, right? Isn't that better than highly intrusive gun control -- i.e., keeping people with guns out of the Capitol in the first place?
Actually, Dionne is being a little silly here. Since Congress doesn't believe in living like other Americans when it comes to things like their health coverage, why would they ever operate under the same gun rules that they seek for the little people out there?