Friday, April 20, 2007
Fred Thompson posted an opinion yesterday that is quite encouraging, though not completely in the right. The part that I have issues with, however, is minor compared to the issues I have with the opposition. Here's where Fred and I differ:
Virginia, like 39 other states, allows citizens with training and legal permits to carry concealed weapons. That means that Virginians regularly sit in movie theaters and eat in restaurants among armed citizens. They walk, joke and rub shoulders everyday with people who responsibly carry firearms -- and are far safer than they would be in San Francisco, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, or Washington, D.C., where such permits are difficult or impossible to obtain. (my emphasis)While Fred is absolutely on the mark about people being safer where they can pack and carry, he's missing the point with regard to who is legally allowed to carry and use guns. The Second Amendment makes no provision for "citizens with training and legal permits". It says only that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Nothing about permits or training. If you are a citizen of this country, you have the right to carry any means you wish to defend yourself against perpetrators such as that which fired upon Virginia Tech earlier this week. You don't need training, and you don't need a permit. Any law that requires either infringes directly upon that right and is therefore ILLEGAL.
Fred goes on to make many excellent points about why the Second Amendment needs to be respected more now than ever. I just wish any caveats would be consistent with those in the Constitution. Still, this is a LOT closer to reality than what you will get from those on the Left.