I happened upon an editorial recently entitled America Dumbs Down which was published in May of last year where Jonathon Gatehouse, a Canadian, lists several items which he feels are leading toward stupidity in America. Of course he feels empowered to speak about firearms and his statement which most irritated me was:
“In a country bedevilled by mass shootings—Aurora, Colo.; Fort Hood, Texas; Virginia Tech—efforts at gun control have given way to ever-laxer standards. Georgia recently passed a law allowing people to pack weapons in state and local buildings, airports, churches and bars. Florida is debating legislation that will waive all firearm restrictions during state emergencies like riots or hurricanes. (One opponent has moved to rename it “an Act Relating to the Zombie Apocalypse.”) And since the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., 12 states have passed laws allowing guns to be carried in schools, and 20 more are considering such measures.”
Let’s start with bedeviled (note the single L we use in the good old U.S. of A), the definition I believe he was after was to beset or hamper continuously or to cause repeated problems for (someone or something). Let’s look at the dates for what he mentioned in order: VA – 4/2007, TX – 11/2009, CO – 7/2012, CT – 12/2012. While Aurora and Sandy Hook happened in the same year he lists four singular events which happened in a five-year period. I’d hardly call that bedeviled especially when the only common thread between all four incidents is mental illness and firearms.
Now on to “ever-laxer standards.” What Johnny Boy fails to consider is those who are allowed to carry in the expanded areas must have a Concealed Handgun Permit or in some states it may be called a CCW. I can only speak for the requirements in NC for obtaining the permit, but they are not especially easy. They take time, money, and IMO a bit of your civil liberty by requiring you to be fingerprinted. In the grand scheme of things it is a small price to pay for a law-abiding citizen, but I don’t like being photographed much, I don’t like my personal information being available to others, and I especially don’t like my fingerprints being on file somewhere. If Mr. Gatehouse was a U.S. Citizen and he didn’t want to carry in those areas he wouldn’t have to carry a firearm. It’s not a requirement after all.
His next line discussed a FL bill to waive restrictions on concealed carry during state emergencies. It died and did not become law. Seems like our author is making much ado about nothing.
Lastly he goes into guns lawfully carried in schools which is a highly debated topic. One thing is for sure, in schools where no guns are present the assailant is allowed to cause mayhem until police can arrive. No one can state with authority if a school shooter would be stopped by someone at the school with a gun, but for certain they are not stopped when a gun is not present. In December a pastor at a church with an active day care was shot at by a disgruntled employee and the pastor returned fire, hitting the assailant, and stopping the incident. There is no way to know if this person would have harmed others had he murdered the pastor, but the pastor’s actions didn’t give him the opportunity to harm others and stopped the attack.
From where I sit the only dumb one was Gatehouse when he penned that portion of the article.