National concealed carry bill defeated!

I wasn’t going to post about the national concealed carry bill being defeated in the Senate today, but there are so many half truths and BS quotes out there that I had to add my 2 cents. Here is an article about the actual voting today .

How is it that the states with some of the strictest gun controls have the cities with the worst crime rates in the nation? Newark’s mayor can be seen commenting on the legislation, which is probably an inside joke by the author of the article. If one is visiting Newark, he/she probably should be carrying just to avoid being victimized.

Also, the article talks about gun permit holders committing crimes. The actual stats come up to be something like .001 percent of these permit holders committed a crime. If that number is compared to any other demographic, such as police officers, I bet the percentage would be much higher.

Another spin that was thrown in the last second today was that the Virginia Tech shooter’s mental health records were miraculously recovered of all days, today. These records were missing for 2 years but suddenly they surfaced and were reported to the media the same day one of the biggest gun bills in the nation were being voted on. I am sorry, call me cynical but that much of a coincidence is almost impossible.

First, as pointed out, if one has a drivers license in one state it is valid in all states. Of course this only works because most common traffic rules are the same in most states. Yes, there usually is an exam of sorts to get a drivers license. But, driving is not even a constitutionally protected right. What needs to really happen is that the states with the ridiculous gun laws (MA, NY, IL, WI) need to bring theirs in line with the majority of the other states. That would of course also mean that the states that allow anyone to carry would need to bring their laws more in line with the majority of the states. Now, I am only talking about carry licenses. I don’t think there should ever be a license for people to buy and keep a gun in their homes.

Second, the question of training, if it should be required or not. While, I hate seing people who can’t handle a gun safely be allowed to carry, I also know what happens when government gets into the business of regulating people’s rights. Just look at China! So, perhaps a somewhat less intrusive medium could be reached. How about a 5 minute exam that tests one’s ability to safely handle a gun and shoot a man sized target at 7 yards? Have NRA or POST certified instructors or Law Enforcement officials be able to verify the results and set a cap of something like $20 for the maximum that could be charged. No mandatory training but mandatory certification to be able to carry into ANY state in the nation. Of course the customary clean background check would be the same across the board. Would that be worth it? I think so, but then again I may be biased.

Let me know what you think.

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