Gun Madness, Part Two
After I wrote my first piece on legislation wiping out the requirements to get a permit before carrying a concealed weapon, my editor called me up and made me think harder about this.
Right now, as vigorously urged by law enforcement several years ago, one must prove good character and proficiency with gun safety to get a permit to carry concealed weapons. Isn’t that rational?
That is about to go down the drain.
The bills receiving an unexplained adrenaline rush in the Capitol Building allow all sorts of people to carry concealed weapons without any permit.
Where the hell are police chiefs and county attorneys and sheriffs on this issue; did some political missive silence them?
Right now a person can be prosecuted for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. This would include felons, mentally unstable people, wackos of every stripe.
When these new bills pass, the excuses available to persons found in possession of concealed weapons will multiply by orders of magnitude. These bills cloud and foul the world of prosecution. These new bills would allow these types of behavior: the guy who climbed the tower at the University of Texas, the woman who shot most of her colleagues at the University of Alabama, and a whole bunch of wackos in between, they could pack those handguns with impunity.
No, strict regulations will not stop all gun violence. But, strict regulations may stop some gun violence. I can live with that. After all, the daughter who becomes a university professor in the line of fire could be yours.