An Arizona lawmaker wants to make church mandatory.
The legislature’s debate to expand a gun owner’s right to carry took an odd turn when state Senator Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, suggested the real problem behind gun violence was corrupted souls.
Quick Notey-Note: The photo above is Senator Allen, because of course that’s how she looks, and yes, she represents a district called “Snowflake” because the name “those old lady statues of cherub babies” was taken. We return now to your story.
“It is the soul that is corrupt and how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don’t know,” Allen told the state’s appropriations committee on Tuesday, who didn’t really ask. Her idea is that guns don’t kill people, blackened souls kill people.
The Republican detailed a solution that she believed would keep people feeling safe without the need to carry a gun. No matter how much it would violate the Constitutional separation of church and state, because why should that matter when you’re making actual laws, Allen said she wanted a law requiring citizens to go to church.
“We are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. We should probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” Allen added.
Because a religious bill was not on the plate, Allen voted instead in favor of gun owners to broaden Second Amendment rights.
It is not clear how much broader said rights could be, but Allen is the person who could make it so.