More gun sense and nonsense

This is the first in a series of articles on topics in the news that point out the utterly senseless and irresponsible way that guns are viewed and handled in this country, along with those that show a balanced approach to gun control.  In January of 2011, The Daily Beast made the following statement: “You’re five times more likely to die from a gun in Arizona than Hawaii.”  They went on to list the “20 Deadliest Gun States,” which ranked Mississippi number one, Arizona 2nd.  Number 50 was Hawaii.
On the plus side, California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a ban on open handgun carrying in public in the most populous state.  The law “makes it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed and unloaded gun in public or in vehicles, with violators facing up to a year in prison or a potential fine of $1,000 when the law takes effect on Jan 1.”  The bills sponsor, state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, said, “It’s not if somebody is going be shot, it’s when somebody is going to be shot.”  One delusional Arizona sheriff said the law would not reduce gun violence.
On the minus side in Arizona (as usual), U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, still infested with foot-in-mouth disease, said, “In Arizona sometimes to gain office you have to have shot someone. I’m joking, of course.”  This, after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in a mass shooting that took six lives.  This is also the same numb-nuts that in 2010 said Blacks were better off under slavery.  Pathetic.
In another plus, Walmart decided to tighten their control over the selling of firearms.  The chain has ordered its stores to hold approval on firearms sales until a Brady Law criminal background check is complete, no matter how long it takes.  The big-box retailer’s strengthening of its management of gun purchases has pissed off the National Rifle Assoc. (NRA).  Wayne LaPierre, Exec. VP of the NRA has a way of dealing with these kinds of situations, and I wouldn’t doubt that Walmart could be seeing less NRA members in the future.  Just my opinion.    Kudos for Walmart.

But in returning to the minus category, we go to Tennessee where the state rep. that recently sponsored a bill that passed which would allow guns in bars was arrested in his car, with a gun, drunk.  This red neck hypocrite by the name of Curry Todd stood before the Tenn. Legislature and all but guaranteed “that permit holders and law-abiding citizens would not drink while carrying a gun.”  Todd was driving 60 mph in a 40 mph zone where police reported he “was very unsteady on his feet, almost falling down at times.”  Pathetic.

The last entry is a combination plus/minus and is perhaps the most serious of all.  A plus to NY Rep. Carolyn Maloney, for making us aware of a bill going through the house that is both dangerous and misguided: H.R.822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.   A minus for the fact the Act would authorize a person who has a permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state, like Arizona, to carry a concealed handgun in another state where the laws may be very different, like {the} state of New York.”  If this kind of reciprocity from Arizona makes its way through other forms of federal firearms laws, the whole country could end up with anyone walking around city streets with concealed weapons, without a permit or license of any kind, and with absolutely no training.

The following video by the Brady Gun control campaign is a must watch.

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