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I get a gun, you get a gun, we all get a gun!

In the wake of the massive school shootings that have invaded our lives, you would think that society would fight to regulate the number of guns that can be carried by those who are not equipped or legally allowed to hold such weaponry. Without a doubt, one can’t successfully argue against someone else’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in America; however, one can argue whether a person should be allowed to carry weapons when they have not been trained, they don’t have a permit, and they have not had a background check.

This loophole is one of the main reasons why the national argument on gun control is running amok today. Well, no need to worry because both the gun lobby and legislation has come up with a solution to America and its right to harbor its own “weapons of mass destruction”—simply give everyone the right to carry a concealed weapon in public places without a permit or safety training. Oh yes, that will solve everything.

Permitless carry is the future

Legislation across the country has a new mission—to allow virtually anyone to carry concealed weapons in public. Many states will even allow violent criminals, teenagers, and people with no concept of safety the right to legally carry a gun in crowded malls, schools, and on city streets. The legislation itself ignores the percentage of Americans who support required safety training (over 80% to be precise) and a clean criminal record in order to carry a concealed handgun in public.

So let’s put this alongside Congress, in an effort to address the issue of gun violence, who decided to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would allow any person with a concealed carry permit from one state to also carry their weapon in any other state. According to GovTrack, this bill also allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to do so on any federal land, such as national parks or national monuments. Although Congress states that this bill is for those who have permits, they are proving that this is not necessarily the case.

Who needs a permit when you’ve got guns?

Thus far, at least 11 states have passed laws that allow the concealed carry of guns without a permit, and 16 states have introduced legislation this year to do the same, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Rifle Association. So what does this mean? If the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act states that one can carry a concealed weapon in any state then how did Congress allow the acceptance of laws that were passed to ensure that a person can carry in any state without said permit?

Currently, the legislation believes that “constitutional carry” or “permitless carry” allows people their constitutional right to carry a gun with as few restrictions as possible. States like Idaho, Mississippi and West Virginia passed laws last year that did away with concealed carry permits, allowing people to carry weapons without them, according to the Washington Post.  In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed Senate Bill 12-FN to repeal the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.  It even goes so far as to state that a person has the right to carry their weapon, loaded or unloaded, in their vehicle. With all of the road rage in America, this should be good.

Welcome to the wild, wild west

According to Everytown Research, since the enacted permitless carry legislation, the annual total of aggravated assaults committed with a firearm in states which have enacted the “right to carry without a permit” has increased. Arizona, which is one of the states to enact the legislation, has seen a 44% increase of their aggravated assaults with a firearm since 2010. After Missouri passed a permitless carry bill in January 2017, the city of St. Louis experienced a 23% increase in aggravated assaults with a gun.

Currently, permitless carry lowers the bar for who can carry a concealed handgun in public. This is bad news considering the fact that teenagers, violent criminals, and weapon offenders are now safe to carry guns without permits and without repercussions.  In time, we can expect to see teenagers and teachers taking guns to school in an effort to protect themselves in a society that fails to provide them with the legal structure or laws in which to be protected.

Road rage will soon include individuals who will act out their rage with immediate gratification by using guns to either threaten or intimidate other drivers who cut them off on the freeway. And why stop there? Allow someone filled with race ignorance…I mean, race hate…to have a gun the moment they walk past someone of another culture, race, or sexual orientation. One can only hope that such legislation will eventually turn over a new leaf.

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23 comments

  1. It is not possible to purchase a gun without training, and in MI, I even have to have a buyers permit, which is scrutinized by the local police department. If you are referring to illegal purchases, or stolen guns, then I can see your point–there is a loophole in actually knowing if a person carrying has a legal handgun and has been trained. But its also difficult to know if that knife in your hand is a weapon, or that baseball bat, or if you were trained to operate the car you are driving.

  2. Everytown Research, Really!, Ask an anti gun organization about carrying guns. Check Gary kleck actual research.

  3. While I believe that one should be vetted in order to carry either openly or concealed, there is still the huge concern that the names and addresses of gun owners are added to a government list for eventual confiscation. The instant background check requires not only the name and address of the person but also includes the the make model and caliber of the weapon purchased. Now the government forces want every gun owner to go through a FFL to transfer ownership to another person so they have a record of who has every gun.

    The only checks that should be made by the government is whether I have been adjudicated as mentally unfit to carry, I am too young to purchase a weapon, I am a convicted felon or I am not a citizen. The return of information that I satisfy those requirements should be sufficient to allow purchase. The government should have no record of what guns I have or whether I actually purchased a weapon.

  4. The United States of America is a free country. That freedom comes at a cost. It is not free to keep that freedom.

    The single most critical need to maintain that freedom is the right to bear arms.

    The founding fathers fought and died for our freedoms. People continually fight and die for our freedom. In fact, the war for freedom has never ended. We are no longer fighting the British, or freeing slaves with over 620,000 lives lost, but we are fighting for freedom. We don’t have a front line battle field for our war on freedom today. Most of our war on freedom is happening in the courts. “There are laws that enslave men and laws that set men free.” [1] The US does a pretty good job of keeping our laws to ones that set men free. However, our freedoms are slowing being chipped away.

    The founding fathers knew that someday our freedoms would be lost. The second amendment guarantees that when the time comes that our freedoms have been chipped away, or worse, a terrible Hitler style dictator takes over, we will have to fight for them. Also, we need to be prepared for a Red Dawn scenario. In either of those scenarios, do you want to have zero guns in the hands of the people?

    We cannot take away our weapons: guns, bows and arrows, knives. But more than that, if our people only have a handgun with 5 rounds, and those who take away our freedoms have Machines Guns with unlimited rounds, grenades, armored vehicles and tanks, fighter jets, nukes, etc, we have no chance to win our freedoms back.

    We not only have the right to bear arms, but the right to form a militia, and in today’s world, the needs of a militia go beyond hand guns and hunting rifles. When the time comes to form a militia, we need the people to have fully automatic weapons, and grenades, armored vehicles, etc.

    They question isn’t just about gun violence. The question is this: We are in a never ending war, fighting for our freedoms. Which side of this war are you on?

    • Graeme Bregani

      If a Red Dawn comes, and it will, we need access to nukes. Automatic weapons just won’t cut it.
      So where is our NRA on this?

  5. Notwithstanding any and all state and local laws, Federal criminal laws under Title 18 prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from carrying a firearm.

  6. I am in the 80% that believes in proper training, age restrictions, banning access to all criminals, mentality ill and illegal immigrants, perhaps we also need to make more parents more aware of securing their firearms when they have children in the house. We all have a right to protect ourselves, this can only be done with a reasonable amount of prudence, training and common sense. As a parent I know it starts with me.

  7. There’s nothing “conservative” about this piece. Not sure why it ran here.
    People who want to hurt others with guns will. Piling more regulations on legal and responsible gun owners won’t stop school shootings, road rage or suicide.
    Every town is a rabid leftist anti-gun group founded by former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. Their data and motives are suspect.

  8. So glad you posted this! Because I have an idea.

    2nd Ammendment says you can have guns. Fine. 2nd Ammendment doesn’t say anything about BULLETS, and let’s face it, bullets kill people, not guns.

    You reference the Wild West. Okay .. gunslingers walked around with their bullets on bandoliers or in belts. Sometimes a gunslinger in the movie might even put his gun down and say “You’re not worth a bullet.” Because bullets were precious. A gun is no good without bullets unless you plan on beating someone with it.

    So .. my proposal is .. let’s put sin-tax on bullets. We’ve done it with alchohol, we’ve done it with cigarettes.. it’s time to do it with bullets.

    There’s an excellent reason for this as well. States and counties and school districts are having to come up with billions of dollars now to pay for security people, counselors, access controls, training hours .. all to protect schools. Why not pay for it with this bullet sin-tax? Makes perfect sense to me! If bullets cost, say $100 ea, that’s going to save a lot of lives, dont you think?

    Now, gun enthusiasts are going to go crazy over this, j know, but hey, they can just make their own ammunition. The stuff is out there. Heck, that’s what the people who fought the British Army did, so why can’t 21st century enthusiasts do it as well?

    A sin-tax on bullets is s relatively easy way to decrease public danger and increase funding for the additional security schools are looking at. And it isn’t gun control, so it’s not 2nd Ammendment.

    Tax bullets! Save lives!!

    • Mary it is evident that you have no idea what you’re talking about because the children who took their parents guns also took the ammunition and if it weren’t for the liberal school teachers who are coddling their students these children would be more aware of the real world and life

  9. why not give everyone a gun….everytime a noise or bang someone w/ a gun will panic and have a PTSD moment and start shooting because of his demons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I am all for RECIPROCITY ! The last trip I had to change where my gun was 5 times. conceal carry, Open carry, or locked in my trunk !
    Constitutional carry I believe in. YOU WENT OVER BOARD ! You still have to pass a back ground check to get a gun. Criminals are not allowed to have guns. Teanagers can not buy or carry a hand gun. Permits are too expensive. $50 every 4 yrs, (to renew) to type in a name and print a 10 cent card, but I pay it.
    PEOPLE WITH CONCEAL CARRY PERMITS ARE 3 TIMES LESS LIKELY TO COMMIT A CRIME THAN POLICE OFFICERS !

  11. Same old the sky is falling crap, and there will be blood running in the streets. Cherry pick or make up a couple numbers and blame the gun instead of holding people responsible for their actions.

    Ignore that death by gunfire is much lower than a number of other causes, such as abortion, medical errors, and a dozen others. Kill a million or two children every year by cutting them to pieces while still in the whom, but let some mental case kill a single person with a gun and it is the guns fault.

    And of course ignore the constitution because it doesn’t fit your idea of what human natural rights should not be infringed upon. Like the right to self defense.

    Same old garbage coming from the anti gun mouths while they ignore the many that die from a host of other reasons.

  12. Best analysis of gun control legislation I’ve yet seen:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hyQDQPEsrs

  13. Yes, it should be permitless carry. Yes, you should be ‘legally’ allowed to have one in your vehicle. Remember when some Looney, Lefty newspaper published the names & addresses of ALL concealed permit holders in some east coast city? If there is a problem with an “individual” then deal with that 1 person, not with all the rest of us. You’re talking like the anti 2nd Amendment ‘gun grabbers’ with your limited knowledge and emotion only look at this.

  14. Steve Eisenberg

    This is an anti-gun take-’em all, blood-in-the-streets screed. “Everytown” is a George Soros-funded gun confiscation organization which cares little about safety.

    Soros has funded Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

    Maine passed Constitutional Carry over two years ago, and not one additional shooting has occurred of it.

    “The Conservative Mom” s no longer conservative. Soros’ “Everytown” and his other organizations are pledged to the destruction of the US, not freedom or safety.

  15. Let’s follow the argument. IF carrying a weapon to protect a life needs permission from the government, needs to be trained, and have their background checked, how about with all the other rights? The right to life? First, the government has to give me a permission to live every 5 years. If I don’t have the permit, I’m not allowed to live. Also, before I get the permission to live, I have to show my training, that I know how to live my life. According to government’s standard, of course. Then, my past history has to be checked. If, by any reason, the government doesn’t think I made the right decisions, I am not allowed to live.

    Apply this to the right to property and the right to live free. Statist all the way!!!

  16. The right of Citizens to carry defense tools wherever we go is a right that we have always had, and will always have… the government cannot give us that right and cannot take it away… if we are concerned about a bad person using a weapon against innocents, then you better have a weapon to stop him/her. The 2A does not grant the right to carry… it AFFIRMS a right already ours… no citizen should have to go to any governmental level to ask permission to exercise a right we already have

  17. Mike Manning Sr

    The argument to require training as part of a Constitutional carry law is some would say is supported in the language of the second amendment, the well trained militia part!
    See the following: milita https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/246

  18. Gary Krukemyer

    I believe a person still has to pass an instant back ground check before he or she can purchase a gun in any state. I don’t know of any state that allows criminals to legally purchase guns. I don’t know of any state that allows teenagers to legally purchase guns. Your sources of information seems to me to be flawed, if not out right lies. If I am wrong, please let me know.

  19. Really don’t want the government to decide who is unfit to carry a firearm. Let’s stick to our 2nd Amendment – ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed’. There will always be a few who misuse freedoms and rights, but to limit or prohibit everyone else’s is not the answer. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. If we are rendered defenseless, the U.S.A. will fast become an oligarchy and likely communistic.

  20. Your first mistake is citing “Everytown” as research. It is a bunch of lies, exaggerations, and half truths…and “loopholes” is a myth that the anti-gunners throw around as fact…and saying that 80% of Americans want restrictions on guns is a flat out lie…maybe 80% or the left, but they are the minority, and certainly do not speak for 80% of Americans…

  21. dont agree in any way shape or form. i am not from the US but from australia where since we are no longer allowed anything for self defense the crime rate with guns has skyrocketed. sure suicides with guns have declined and they made up 70% of the gun deaths statistics. suicides however have gone up just with other means and this is despite much better mental health services being implemented around the same time. this is absolute statist BS and always leads to tyranny. if you dont like the relatively easy access to firearms in the US then feel free to leave the country. i sure as hell would love to move to the US just not to any of the dumbocrat controlled states that are behaving unconstitutionally all the time.
    the right to keep and bear arms is the last defense against tyranny which means that even the 1934 NFA that effectively limited full auto is unconstitutional.
    i have seen several articles from conservative mom lately that are patently left wing and far from conservative. now if they are for the sake of debate then let me know, i am good with that, however if they are trying to swing conservatives to the left/statist views then you will expect to loose most of your audience

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