Welcome to our Capital City, where the weather this week has become just as polarized as everything else of late. Common ground seems to be wintering in Florida, leaving consensus on public policy issues with the approximate chances of a snowball in You Know Where.
In the spirit of the climate around here, we’ll begin our weekly review with guns. Second Amendment proponents and Cease Fire PA held competing rallies at the Capitol this week. The former brought along their firearms, and the latter came with heart-wrenching personal stories. The strains of Kumbayah were nowhere to be heard.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that while the gun control advocates conducted their event within the balmy confines of the Capitol Rotunda while the Second Amendment crew expressed their views from the Capitol steps, braving temperatures in the 20s. They weren’t inside because of the following state Department of General Services rule: “No weapons, firearms, explosives, knives, mace, pepper spray, or hazardous materials (are) allowed in the Capitol Complex. "