From The New York Times:
On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to vote on the latest assault on public safety in the name of gun ownership.
An "assault on public safety"? Hey, what do you expect from an editorial titled "Gun Crazy in the Senate"? Besides, as we've already observed, the "Authorized Journalists" are just doing their self-appointed job of parroting the hysterics of the anti-defense cabal.
Case in point, our pals over at the Violence Policy Center have released a conveniently-timed propaganda piec...uh...they call it a study, provocatively titled "Law Enforcement and Private Citizens Killed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders."
When you're dealing with a population that has a lower violent crime rate than any "gun free" population in the world, you need to rely on isolated anecdotes to trick people into thinking the problem is bigger than it is. And note three out of the first six incidents brought to our attention involve allegations, as opposed to convictions.
So if that's a fair way to conduct a study and present definitive conclusions to the public--if those are acceptable rules for us all to abide by, and if this is how we are to determine who can be trusted with a gun, have I got some "Only Ones" source accounts for you! Or just ask Oscar Grant!
Oh, that's right, you can't...
So after going through all this, why would I be willing to cede that The Times or VPC may not be completely wrong in opposing the Thune amendment, even if their "reasoning" is? Particularly since everybody in the gun rights advocacy movement appears to be on board with it?
Well, not everybody. For instance, Alan Korwin, doesn't think concealed carry permit reciprocity is such a hot idea.
Some of you may need an introduction:
Bloomfield Press and gunlaws.com are owned and operated by Alan Korwin. This is the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in America, nationally recognized as an expert resource in this narrowly focused niche.
And Korwin's concerns?
A well-intentioned but dangerously misguided movement has gained momentum to establish so called "reciprocity" in the 31 states that have concealed-carry laws in place. The idea is to allow a person with a government issued carry permit from their home state to carry in other states that have a reciprocal carry law...
This is an extremely bad idea, however, because it tends to legitimize the notion that the government can grant you the right to carry a firearm or not. It places a recurring tax called a fee on that right, and makes exercise of the right subject to permits, licenses, testing, investigations, and all too often, a bureaucratic or discretionary determination on the part of a government worker.
The government has not been delegated such authority by the people. Government activities in this regard are not based on the rule of law.
Compelling arguments. Many are ones I've made myself over the years. They're why I have made it known throughout that I will not apply for a permit.
I understand the arguments those in the gun rights camp will counter with. I've heard them all.
So what am I trying to pull? A last minute hit job to kill the bill?
Not at all. Follow your informed conscience. I included a link to contact your senators yesterday, and I'll give it to you again here.
My only caution is to not make the mistake of thinking benefits do not also include costs. And to consider that sometimes, the price that will ultimately be required of us--or our posterity--is not always clearly understood up front.
Especially in a system that weighs legal precedents more heavily than original intent when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms.
"National right-to-carry reciprocity can't touch Chicago, but can it pass?" by Chicago Gun Rights Examiner Don Gwinn
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman just posted another related piece: "Outrage over national concealed carry misplaced while Seattle looks for a killer"
Urgent action alert!
Gun Owners of Nevada warns us all:
Tuesday, July 21st, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will try to pass a resolution supporting the REAL ID revival bill, PASS ID. We must stop this.
Click here for details.
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