Two Headlines; This . . .
And this . . .
By Brandon Loomis
The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated 31 minutes ago
Some state lawmakers want to loosen Utah’s already liberal gun laws by following the Last Frontier’s example and allowing any legal gun owner to pack a concealed weapon without a permit. . . . more.
The fact that these two headlines ran in the same newspaper, and on the same day, might make some wonder if Utahns aren't a bit paranoid, as well as schizophrenic, when it comes to wrangling over the close personal relationship citizens and lawmakers alike seem to have with their handguns of choice.
Or, as one commenter on the article observed, "Utah - the only state trying to get guns into schools."
I'm an ex-hunter, who has cut my own arsenal back from 3 rifles and 2 handguns,
to one (very old, and 'open sights') 30 cal. rifle, and 1 (very old, and very small) 25 cal pistol.
By way of comparison, I have a brother who - in addition to his other guns - has acquired an additional pair of AR15 assault rifles, and probably upwards of 3,000 rounds of ammo (he listens to Glen Beck, and thinks Armageddon is coming soon).
Yeah, So what's in a world view? Especially one where xenophobia and anti-federal government sentiments are allowed to grow.
The fact that kids finding guns still kill a handful a year, and we even had two armed neighborhood watch vigilantes shoot it out (well, technically only one got off a shot - the other one just bled out), I'm not looking forward to anyone who 'legally owns a gun' being able to stick it in his pocket while he goes over to see who it is giving his son a hard time on the playing field (and, no, I'm not exaggerating here).
True, there's a lot of crime out there, and criminals carrying guns, but what do you think about the desire to arm every citizen?