Yesterday I wrote about the “wild west” mentality that appears to be running amok. The Evil Trio of the NRA, Conservative Christian Cult, and the Republican Party are in support of this ideology. They say it is the “constitutional right” of people to carry arms, even openly. But, what about the rights of people who do not want guns around their children or in the restaurant they are eating at? What about the “constitutional rights” of people who simply want to spend a day at the park with their children without fear? In other words, what about the rest of us and our rights?
As I mentioned yesterday, there are a myriad of problems with allowing open carry laws in society. The biggest one is who are the people with the “constitutional right” to bear arms, and who are the “crazies” who should not be allowed to carry arms? Who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys”? These people are showing up at a lot of places “demonstrating” their right to open carry. We don’t know if these people are authorized to carry these weapons or if they are criminals who want to rob the place.
Shortly after Georgia passed their “carry everywhere” law, parents were alarmed when an armed man showed up at the park where their kids were playing little league baseball and waved his gun around shouting “look at my gun!” and “there’s nothing you can do about it.” Parents did call the police. After arriving, they determined that under this Georgia Law, he committed no crime and was let go. That didn’t make the parents feel any better. What would have happened if a parent of one of these children was carrying a concealed weapon and shot the man when he saw the gun, but not necessarily heard exactly what he said?
I suffer from partial hearing loss. I can attest that in a park where little league is being played, I don’t always hear what people next to me are saying much less people several feet away. If a parent shot and killed this person in the park, would he have been charged with murder? I am certain the Evil Trio would be screaming for it to be so. Fortunately it didn’t happen. But we cannot overlook the possibility of it happening in the future.
In another example, just last week another group of open carry proponents decided to have on of their demonstration by going to a Jack in the Box en masse. They scared the employees so badly they hid themselves in the walk-in freezer. These so-called demonstrators were very confused by the response of police who assumed there was an armed robbery in progress and dispatched a bunch of cops to the scene.
“We’re not breaking the laws,” Haros one of the demonstrators said. “We’re not here to hurt anybody. We’re not trying to alarm anybody. We’re doing this because it’s our constitutional right.”
Haros apparently believes that openly carrying firearms “helps the police”. He also said citizens should know that these “demonstrations” will continue in the future. He said: “It’s just for safety purposes. Officers can’t be there at all times. We understand that. They can only do so much.” So, according to Mr. Haros, scaring the living shit out of people who are just trying to scratch by on minimum wage by carrying guns into their store is for “safety purposes”. They must think that it is okay to scare people to death just so they can have the right to openly carry arms. What about the worker’s rights to NOT be traumatized by gun-toting ignorant fools?
Again, what if one of the officers who responded to this incident thought that one of them was reaching for his gun when police arrived? What if that officer thought there was going to be trouble and opened fire? What would have been the consequences? There was a real possibility that mayhem could have broken out and people could have been killed.
The Georgia law says that restaurant owners can refuse to allow guns into their store. But, what is going to happen if one does refuse to allow guns into the store and someone carries one in anyway? No owner expects their employees to confront armed people. How is an unarmed person supposed to throw out someone who doesn’t care about the rights of others? What will be the consequences if the police are called? I can foresee many problems and tragedies coming from such laws.
Think about it. Sunday is Mother’s Day. Many Americans will be taking their mothers out for dinner, or lunch, or brunch, or whatever. If you take your wife and kids out to dinner, what will you think and/or do if someone walks into the restaurant openly carrying a gun? Will you feel safe and comfortable? Or, will you fear that a robbery is about to take place? When everyone is carrying a gun, who are the bad guys and who are the good guys? It is impossible to tell unless something happens.
But the Evil Trio doesn’t care. They only care about their interests and their rights. If their interests or “rights” traumatize you, that is your problem. If their “rights” result in a mass shoot-out, that is the fault of the police because the cops would have over-reacted. If your child is caught in the crossfire of an accidental shooting and is killed, don’t expect any sympathy from them. They will tell you that you should have had your own gun to protect your child, so it will be your fault!
It is bad enough to know that in many states the person sitting next to you in the restaurant this Sunday may legally be carrying a concealed weapon. But to allow people to openly carry their guns into a restaurant, a park, a school zone, or a church can be very scary. So as you can see, the Evil Trio doesn’t care about “constitutional rights”. They only care about “their constitutional rights”. I am not a fortune-teller. I liked to tell people I had to work for a living because I failed mind-reading class. But, I can see where these laws can potentially cause some real trouble in the future. We can only hope that innocent people won’t be hurt when it happens. But, then, innocent people are always hurt when weirdos with guns show up.
As I have written before. Gun ownership comes with social responsibilities. The Evil Trio doesn’t believe in social responsibilities. Is there any better reason to vote them out of office this November?