When will America wise up about guns? They are not scary. They are a tool – like a hammer or a saw. You’ve heard the saying, the right tool for the right job. You wouldn’t use a gun to hammer a nail into a board, and you wouldn’t use a hammer to hunt or defend yourself. You could try, but I’d rather not get that close to that which I’m hunting or an attacker and I’ve been trained.
Over the years more and more citizens have been conditioned to think guns are scary. Thus the “Gun Free Zone” was established. Yet economist John Lott found that “every public shooting since at least 1950 in the United States in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.” Bet you won’t hear that fun fact from the anti-gun lobby.
Now we hear Starbucks coffee shops will be gun free zones. I agree with them. They are a private business and should have the freedom to invoke such a policy.
What bothers me is that those on the right are complaining about it. Not regarding Starbucks specifically – but how the argument has been framed.
Wednesday morning on Fox, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade were discussing gun free zones in general and Starbucks specifically. They both agreed that in a state where open carry is legal, people should have the right to walk into a Starbucks with a gun. Shockingly, I heard Glenn Beck say something similar.
Can you see what’s wrong with this argument? It leaped out at me. Has anyone read the Constitution lately? Has anyone read what the founders and authors of the Constitution said about guns? I was stunned when I heard from learned men that, “if a state permits open carry.”
How did they miss this? Don’t they listen to their own words? How dare any state in the union attempt to or already successfully usurp the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution! That is clearly illegal. It’s like saying, “If a state has free speech laws, it’s okay to speak out against this or that.” The very premise is absurd!
It’s ridiculous and clearly unconstitutional to tell me I can’t “bear” my firearm. And the founders said nothing about licenses or permits.
Putting that rant aside – it is even more absurd to mandate military bases as “gun free zones,” where personnel may not even carry their own personal firearms.
Many blame Clinton for this, but it was actually a Department of Defense directive signed in 1992 by the kinder, gentler George H. W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense.
Are we not the laughingstock of the world? Soldiers who can’t carry guns. Oh wait, they can have a gun as one of the parents of a Marine at the DC barracks described. “My son was at the Marine barracks – at the Navy Yard . . . and they had weapons” . . . wait for it . . . “but they didn’t have ammunition.” And there’s the punch line to the sick joke that are “gun free zones.” The Marine went on to tell his parent that three people had been shot at the time and they could have prevented the rest from being killed if only they had bullets.
Is anyone as pissed off as I am right about now?
Folks, this stuff is all common sense. More guns in the hands of the good guys (and girls) are the only deterrent for these heinous acts. These killers are cowards and wouldn’t dare try this in a facility where armed citizens are known to be present.