Tennessean Guest Editorialist throws facts and reason out the door.
“But there is no Second Amendment right to openly carry a weapon in public.”
Really, um, can you please explain to me what this means?
“…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Please note the references there:
a) people = public
b) keep = own
b) bear = carry
So let’s translate…
“…the right of the public to own and carry Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Seems your premise is rather weak. Unless you want to throw out our Constitution and bill of rights. But then you’d have to get rid of the freedom of speech, freedom of and from religion, right to a fair trial and much more.
Oh, btw, it turns out that the Pennsylvania gun-toting mother actually did have reason and justification to carry her firearm openly. Several months later she would be murdered by her husband, who worked as a parole officer. Perhaps her open-carrying that firearm and letting her husband know she was prepared not only kept her safe that day, but also kept the children safe.
“In Heller the Supreme Court decided only that Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns in a person’s home was unconstitutional”
Once again your supposition is wrong. The Supreme Court found that DC’s ban was unconstitutional. That does not mean that only DC’s ban in unconstitutional. Just that said decision only related to DC. And when that decision is incorporated, what will your argument be then sir?
Lastly, you make the assumption that what the government does is Constitutional. When in fact most of what our government does these days is in fact unconstitutional.
“Some 107 people were killed by permit holders since 2007, ”
Let’s address this statement a little more honestly. There are two points to be made.
1) 107 people killed by permit holders. What is the breakdown of that statistic. Does that 107 number represent rapists shot dead by women defending themselves? Or robbers shot dead by a father protecting his home and family? To quote such a statistic without an accurate descriptor is poor behavior.
2) 107 out of 4 million (that is the number of permit holders you stated in your own words). So what is the percentage breakdown of that number? 5%, 2%, 1%, maybe even a quarter of a percent (0.25%)
No, the actual number is .002675%
Can you tell me how many police officers we have in the United States? Can you tell me how many people were killed by police officers in 2007?
Do you want to bet $20 that our police have a higher percentage rate?
“The claim by the NRA and gun lobbyists that less-restrictive gun laws or more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens will make society safer or deter crime is false.”
So is that why a state ranked very low by the Brady Campaign and consider to have way too many firearm freedoms had ZERO murders via firearm in 2008. Find a state on the bottom of Brady’s list that has higher crime than the ones on top.
“Simply put, more guns equal safer states.”