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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I don't like idenity politics . . .

but that doesn't change with whom I identify. CNN reports that the Senate narrowly defeated a "measure would have required each of the 48 states that currently allow concealed firearms to honor permits issued in other states." I generally feel like states should recognize the licensing of other states. I also generally think people without felonies should be allowed to carry firearms where they choose. So, I'm also fine with what the story described as "an unexpected setback [for gun control advocates] in May, [when] gun rights advocates attached a measure allowing people to carry guns in national parks to credit card legislation. President Obama signed the package into law."

I think a lot of people in favor of gun control are in favor of it because they don't like people who want gun rights. I think that if someone thinks they need a gun for protection they should be allowed to have one unless there is evidence that that specific person cannot be trusted.

Of course, it shocks me that those who believe they government can't tell them where they can carry a firearm believe the government can tell a women when and how she can terminate her pregnancy. They can tell doctors what medicine to prescribe (not because it is or is not safe, but because the legislators don't like it).

I support the rights of gun nuts and dirty hippies. But when we trample the dirty hippies' rights, I have to admit is upsets me more.

2 comments:

Matt Dick said...

gun rights advocates attached a measure allowing people to carry guns in national parks to credit card legislation. President Obama signed the package into law.

Totally off your topic, but gun control legislation attached to credit card legislation? Don't we need to do something about that?

JimII said...

I think so. Most of the states have what is called a single subject rule for everything but budget omnibus bills.

It is the kind of common sense reform that isn't sexy enough to get any steam; I would imagine.