Ah, the typical debate – from the LA Times:
On Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk is a bid to bar Californians from openly carrying firearms, legislation that could open a new front in the state’s decades-old gun control debate.
The measure, aimed at an increasingly popular tactic used by 2nd Amendment activists, would make California the first state since 1987 to outlaw the controversial practice of publicly displaying a weapon…
…Gun control advocates hope that California will now pave the way for the rest of the country to outlaw the practice.
“Openly carrying a gun with [an ammunition] magazine in your back pocket into Starbucks and other establishments creates a culture of fear and intimidation,” said Brian Malte, director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “It is irresponsible and dangerous.”…
I don’t know about you, but seeing someone openly carrying a weapon doesn’t intimidate me…by nature, criminals don’t want anyone to know they’re armed until they commit their crime. Honest men and women legally carrying firearms, in my view, increases public safety: it is highly unlikely that a criminal will commit a crime if some of the people in the area are clearly armed. Criminals are not brave – they are cowards who prey upon the weak. So, don’t be weak – be armed.
The liberal gun-grabbers, though, will never give up…somewhere deep inside them is a desire that all Americans be good, little slaves. Disarming us is vital if liberalism is ultimately to gain full control of the United States. Thwarted in one area, they’ll just try another…and they’ll keep at it and at it and at it until they have disarmed the American people. Or, alternately, we stand so firm in defense of our liberty that it becomes the rock-solid law of the land that any law abiding citizen can carry whatever personal weapon he likes anywhere in the great Republic.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Virginia’s bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses, a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis found.
The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper’s request.
And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law’s first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found…
An armed population is a free and safe population – also, a more well-mannered population. This is just natural. If we’re armed, we can’t just be oppressed at will. If we’re armed, criminals think twice about committing crimes. If we’re armed, everyone minds their manners because they’d rather not accidentally insult someone who is carrying a gun. Neatly stated by John Wayne in The Shootist:
I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I expect the same from them.
In the end there are only two types of people who don’t want an armed population – people who just don’t understand freedom and tyrants.
We got this:
Now we get a supine population being roughed up by welfare bums.
You know something, I’ve never actually owned a gun. Always figured that enough of my fellow citizens had them to ensure a general defense against riot. But now I’m going to buy one. To all the barbarians out there – you go ahead and start a riot in my town, we’ll have words.
Civilization stands on the edge of destruction – the once-great nation of Britain, which used to boast that it never had and never shall lie at the proud foot of a conqueror, is dying. This is the left wants for us, too…a disarmed, cowardly and government-dependent serfdom, while barbarians prowl unchecked. Not for me – my America shall live, even if it requires the shedding of barbarian and patriot blood.