August 20, 2014 by Chris Kite
Politicians on both sides of the aisle love to use the term “common sense legislation.” Sometimes it really is common sense, but often, it is just a spin to try to make things that are really stupid fool a few people.
But I think it is pretty clear that today’s gun laws, or perhaps I should say lack of gun laws, defy common sense.
In Nevada, you can’t legally drive a car if you have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. But you can tote a gun around as long as your blood alcohol level is below 0.10.
You can buy a gun in Vermont if you’re 16 but can’t buy an R-rated movie ticket until you’re 17!
In five states you can carry around a gun with zero training. None! All you need is a little cash and you can buy a gun, carry it around, and hopefully, you know how to not shoot yourself, your family, your friends, or some innocent bystander. Headlines seem to indicate that this “hopefully” is just a dream. On a very regular basis you read about someone being accidentally shot. Often it is a child.
In 34 states it is legal to bring a gun into a bar. Seriously! What could go wrong?
I have a personal policy since I cannot tell a “good guy with a gun” from a “bad guy with a gun.” In fact no one can! If I’m in any establishment and someone walks in with a gun and I see it, I will immediately walk out. Be it a restaurant, bar, grocery store, or any other public place. I’m not stopping to put stuff back on shelves. I’m not paying my bill. Because it would be foolish to assume that someone walking in with a gun is necessarily a “good guy.” And in many states, it would be equally foolish to assume these people walking around with their guns have any idea how to be safe with them.