Saturday, January 17, 2009
Went to the Dallas Museum of Art today, and viewed the King Tut Exhibit. My In-laws are members of the museum, so we scored tickets and parking at a reasonable price.
Two impressions from the experience:
1. It is unbelievable how detailed and exquisitly beautiful these pieces are. It speaks to the skill of the artisans, and the sophisticated society that they had that would allow artists like this devote so much time to learning and developing their art. This isn't the work of people that struggled every day just to fee themselves.
2. While standing in line to get in, I watched the "security" guards searching people as they came in. I had learned in advance that they had 30.06 signs posted. For those of you that don't know 30.06 is the code reference for the law that describes the legal signage required to keep Concealed Handgun licensees from carrying inside a building. I knew about the posting in advance, so I was sans pistol - as was my wife.
The "search" consisted of them completely ignoring men, while glancing VERY briefly into the open purse of any lady that walked in. I could have easily broken the law by carrying in my normal manner. My wife, as well, could have carried her gun undetected since she doesn't keep it in the main compartment of her purse.
But... we didn't. Because we obey the law.
It is a perfect example of the folley of "gun control laws". By prohibiting carry by licensed individuals - individuals that have had more detailed background checks than any other visitor to the museum - the only thing these people accomplish is banning the law abiding people. Anyone planning to enter with a gun for illegal purposes would just walk right in with it.