Guns: Lots of Heat, Not Much Light
(I want to remind readers that I own guns and hunt bighorn sheep, elk, pheasants and huns.)
During the current legislative debate on letting any non-felon, non-incarcerated, person with no more recent conviction than the last 12 months, carry concealed weapons without a permit …
Hold that introduction. Can a Muslim terrorist, an illegal alien or an unfortunately disabled person with an IQ of less than 70, carry too?
Anyway, during the debate, Gillette state Rep.Tom Lubnau said: ”We don’t want to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens.”
Tom, if people are carrying things around unlawfully, like guns, switchblades, pipe bombs, meth, or plutonium, they are NOT law-abiding citizens, they are ALREADY criminals.
Tom, what is wrong with requiring people to get a permit to carry concealed weapons? (Well, if they can’t pass the criminal background check or are unable to understand how the safety and trigger work, so they can’t get a permit, that is really unfair, or at least unconstitutional…….)
Do we want meth addicts to be able to LEGALLY carry concealed weapons?
Or, applying the Lubnau substitute for logic, since the meth heads are already carrying meth, let’s not turn them into criminals; we will just overlook their behavior.
No one objected about constitutional rights when the government required a license to drive a car.
(Well actually some people did, but they were crackpots.)
You have to get a special license to drive a big truck, or drill into people’s teeth, or be a chiropractor, or be a CPA, or practice law. These occupations involve skill and risk.
Packing a handgun involves skill and risk, a lot of risk. Let’s evaluate the level of skill and reduce the risk before letting people carry, instead of indulging ourselves in a self-righteous orgy of telling the government to perform a ritual involving crude language …….. you get my drift.