Carrying On

Now being discussed is a federal law that would essentially make it legal to carry weapons in every state. Someone with an “open” or “concealed carry” permit valid in one state would be able to bear his weapon in every other state.

The value of this proposed law is not entirely clear to me. Even if the 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas had been armed, it’s not clear how effective they would have been in shooting back at the sniper on the 32nd floor. Even an armed security guard at his door apparently couldn’t stop the man. Moreover, carrying weapons increases the chances of suicide and escalating quarrels.

I recognize that the Second Amendment is not about to be repealed. I know clergy who own weapons for hunting and I have friends who have pistols for personal protection in their homes.

But carry permits–open or concealed–are surely superfluous for the vast majority of Americans. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “Carrying On”

  1. Artsfan says:

    Thank you for saying this! So important in these times. Of course the Second Amendment is sadly distorted these days, when we are no longer understanding it referred to militias with muskets. Same interpretation problem with the Bible in some quarters…

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