This is the kind of lies we are dealing with in Wisconsin now that concealed carry is getting passed and the NRA is pushing for Castle Doctrine.
I read an article from the Capital Times today. All they do is bash Governor Walker, talk about how unsafe these gun laws are going to be, and basically make up a bunch of stuff to support their position. Here's the article:
STEVENS POINT – Any day now, after the governor signs the bill, Wisconsin will be a concealed carry state, which makes a lot of people feel so much safer.
Most of the rest of the country is already safe because 48 other states allow people to pack guns — including Pennsylvania, where 32 people were shot on a recent violent weekend in Philadelphia.
Anyway, I’m going to go right out and get myself a permit to carry my 12-gauge shotgun beneath my coat as soon as I find a coat big enough to hide it because, let’s face it, a 12-gauge is a lot more accurate than a punky little pistol.
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald crowed that the new law is a great victory for the people of Wisconsin and the Second Amendment. He may be an expert on these matters, since his daddy heads up the State Patrol. I wonder what the state troopers who actually work the highways and byways think about it. Folks who make their living in law enforcement generally decry gun violence and call for tougher gun laws. But pay no attention to them. They only make a living dealing with violence.
Concealed carry has been an obsession among gun advocates in Wisconsin for a long time. Fortunately, they got help from the freshman state senator from the county just north of Stevens Point. That would be Pam Galloway, R-Wausau, who was the Senate sponsor for concealed carry. Galloway is a surgeon. Doesn’t anyone else think it’s odd that a surgeon would favor more guns?
Of course, Galloway was just upholding the Constitution, which clearly makes carrying arms legal. Owning slaves was also once a constitutional right, which Galloway probably knows since she’s originally from Alabama.
After pondering why no one else seemed to think it odd that a surgeon would sponsor the concealed carry law, I was ready to give it up as just my own weird way of looking at things. Then I read a guest column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the other day. It was written by John Ridley of Mequon, who happens to be a retired surgeon.
Ridley wrote: “Life would be a whole lot simpler if our omniscient Founding Fathers had left us a Constitution replete with footnotes, references and Cliffs Notes so it would be clear to all concerned how to correlate the intent of their 1776 utterances with the realities of 2011. They didn’t, so we are left to speculate.”
He concedes that the Constitution as written probably allows citizens to have the right to carry a concealed weapon most places. (Note that the constitutional experts who passed our concealed carry law bent the Constitution a bit as to where it’s not legal to pack.)
But Ridley goes on to say this: “My question is who would want to? With crime rates falling in even our toughest neighborhoods, who besides paramilitary militias could possibly conceive of a clear and present danger that daily necessitates carrying a gun?
“Whatever possesses a person to get all obsessed about‘carrying’ while living and working in ZIP codes where the incidence of violent crime is minuscule?” I’m sure these zip codes include Wausau, where Galloway lives, and Juneau, home of Fitzgerald. I’ve been to both places without carrying my shotgun and never felt the least bit afraid. I guess I was wrong.
Ridley notes that proponents of more guns everywhere are probably motivated more by vogue than valor and speculates that many have some sort of a wild-west fantasy.
He notes that even highly trained professionals “find events can go tragically awry in the stress of drawing a weapon with genuine deadly intent.” People in law enforcement know all too well that guns go off accidentally all the time.
Ridley finishes up this way: “I cannot begin to understand why our state Legislature has been so doggedly determined to provide firearm rookies the opportunity to live out their fantasies in public. May God bless us, every one, by shielding all such neophytes from ever experiencing a situation in which their delusion fabricates the need to confront a perceived threat.”
Now that’s a surgeon talking.
I thought it was funny where he states "guns accidentally go off all the time." Well having been around guns my entire life (dad's hunting weapons) and having owned handguns for about three years, I can honestly say -
Guns don't "accidentally" go off. Some people are just negligent.
Bill Berry of Stevens Point writes a semimonthly column for The Capital Times. firstname.lastname@example.org
I was thinking about sending him an e-mail in response to this, but it won't prove anything because these types of people only hear what they want to.
And I don't know about the rest of the country, but how would you like it if your state went "may issue," where you needed a good reason to get a permit? How would that make you feel?
I guess the thing that I see is that you shouldn't really need a reason to exercise a Constitutional right. It's not a matter of if you need to. The point is that the choice should be up to you, not up to the bureaucrats who all have armed security personnel.