GUN TOTIN' & BAR HOPPIN
October 4, 2010, New York Times: "Taking Gun Into a Bar Is Legal In 4 States."
WHY? Accordion to a bar patron in Tennessee, he carries his Glock everywhere except work. According to advocates, defenseless unarmed bar patrons are getting robbed while walking (or staggering) to their cars after eating/drinking. So rather than leaving their future to the whims of the robber, gun totin' bar patrons are packing heat and robber beware.
On the other hand, a lot of bar patrons are getting nervous when they see someone drinking and totin'. I think people should be able to protect themselves, and as I wrote above, it was the intent of the founding fathers to allow people to keep and bear (tote, I suppose) arms.
Does the right to bear arms madate that we MUST own a gun - or carry one? No, unless you are a citizen of Switzerland where it is mandatory to own a gun (bet you didn't know that) but not necessary to carry one. Certainly, one has the right to blast an armed robber before the bad guy can blow you away. In fact, I long have considered the 'imminent danger' Law posted in most states as ridiculous. If someone breaks into your house, you should not have to determine whether or not he intends to kill you or just steal your beer - he already knows, advantage burglar.
Stick 'em up doesn't get it - shoot his ass. Occupational hazard.
But what about drinking and totin'? Drinking clouds judgment. Also, carrying a gun in plain sight (legal in some states) makes other bar or restaurant patrons uncomfortable. In the name of comity, can't the bearer of arms make some concessions?
Years ago in my grandfather's time, bars and restaurants checked hats and coats at the door. Do the same with handguns, with a trigger lock. Bar patrons are mugged AFTER they leave the place, not while they are in the place (except in the movies).
January 10, 2011: Update: Now the Florida Legislature wants to make it legal to carry a firearm in plain sight. "Palladin, Palladin . . . . where do you roam?"
May 2011, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (www.concealedcampus.org) is a national grassroots, non-partisan organization of U.S. college students, faculty, staff, and others who support allowing law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits to bring their legal guns to campus for the purpose of self-defense. In addition to using traditional methods to attract students, the organization also makes use of a Facebook group, which has more than 44,000 members. Hmmm, maybe in Florida they can carry them openly on campus? "They call him Ringo."
I think that's a great idea. Now when those mature students (sorry - stu' dents') get drunk on the weekends, and get quarrelsome between pulling up their blouses and shouting woo . . woo . . . they can pull out old Smith & Wesson to liven things up. To paraphrase David Lee Roth, "We give Conservatives a bad name . . . bad name . . . . bad name . . . bad name. . hmmmm.
December 19, 2014: UPDATE: OR WAS THAT 'POISON?'