The Market Ticker
May 3, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Given that it’s a rather slow news day with the Euro slowly slipping into the abyss as the ECB will now accept used dog food as collateral, I find time to take on Nancy Dewolf Smith who opined in the WSJ this last Friday:
Like a fly on a birthday cake, the subject of open carry—legally wearing a gun in public—keeps landing in the news and nobody can swat it down. Those who would like to be rid of it range from some of the most ardent gun-controllers to some of the fiercest believers in the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Many of the latter live in the 43 states where it already is legal to openly wear a handgun (although rules vary about whether it can be loaded, etc.). That the majority of people who could walk around outfitted for the OK Corral choose not to do so ought to be a hint that the minority who are most eager to force open carry on the rest of us might belong in a special category of bozos.
The “most ardent” supporters of the 2nd Amendment are in support of getting rid of open carry? Says who Nancy – and if so, why is it legal in 43 states in one form or another?
Consider the case of James Goldberg, who walked up to the counter of a Glastonbury, Conn. Chili’s restaurant in 2007 costumed in camouflage and wearing a pistol. Police were called and Mr. Goldberg was arrested, only to be cleared after it was determined that since he had a permit for the weapon he was not breaking a law.
Yes, let’s consider Mr. Goldberg. He broke no law and thus was falsely arrested. In a nation of laws one would call the imprisonment of a person without valid cause kidnapping, no matter how brief said imprisonment might be, and the so-called “law enforcement officers” would be facing a sentence of 20-to-life, not to mention being permanently ineligible to own firearms. This, of course, would make them ineligible to be a police officer.
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