I’ve never been comfortable with the interpretation of the Second Amendment that every citizen should be allowed to own and carry any kind of firearm he or she wishes. I know too much about guns … and human nature.
Concealed-carry and open-carry are Kansas laws, designed to allow citizens to protect themselves from the bad guys. The danger is that some people simply should not be allowed anywhere near a firearm.
Take the guy who fired a round at the security guard last week at a store in east Wichita … than struggled with police who had tazed him. Court records revealed that he had a concealed-carry permit for that gun. Witnesses say he was possibly drunk or high on drugs. Lucky for the security guard he wasn’t a very good shot.
A man in a movie theater in Sparks, Nevada shifted in his seat and his gun fell to floor … shooting him in the butt. He had a concealed-carry permit.
Isolated incidents? Of course. But they give us all something to think about.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”