Ohio is opening a full-service bar in its state capitol building. While open to the public, is will also be cordoned off for “private happy hours,” most of which will involve lobbyists and rich people slipping envelopes of cash into legislators’ coat pockets. Figuratively, of course.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, signed a law yesterday mandating that bars allow their customers to bring firearms with them for a drink. The law contained an exception for the bar in the state capitol, apparently inserted after legislators realized it was them that would be shot, and not just their constituents. So despite their absolute commitment to Second Amendment rights, guns will not be allowed in the statehouse bar.
If that strikes you as peculiar, let me remind you: this is Ohio, where peculiar is the norm. Consider the history of the building itself: construction on the capitol started before an architect had been chosen to design it. Plans were developed piecemeal, one step ahead of the construction crews — which explains why the building looks like it was assembled out of parts left over from the construction of other capitol buildings. The most common question asked by tourists when they visit is, “What happened to the the dome?”
Now they can ask, “Can we see your wine list?” and “Did you remember to leave your gun in the car?”