Let Them Pack Heat?
I am against handgun ownership.
I think the framers of the Constitution had in mind muskets when they gave us the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment. I doubt they imagined modern automatic weapons with laser gunsites and armor piercing ammunition.
Muskets used lead balls packed in a paper cartridge which also held gunpowder. The balls came wrapped in a loosely fitting paper patch that formed the upper part of the cartridge.The lower part of the cartridge contained the gunpowder. They loaded the gunpowder first, followed by the paper from the lower section of cartridge used as wadding. Then they loaded the ball and the upper piece of cartridge. Finally, a ramrod served to compact the ball and wadding down onto the gunpowder. The process took a while.
Loading a musket gave potential victims (or bad guys) plenty of time to de-escalate the battle by getting the hell out of firing range.
You could also spot a guy carrying a musket from a block away.
George W. Bush's first act as Governor of Texas was to legalize the carrying of concealed handguns.
Yes, in Texas, anyone with the proper permit can pack heat anywhere they want, unless a business (such as a bar or government property) posts a sign that specifically prohibits it.
That's not so uncommon in the other 50 states, either. In fact, only six states prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons.
I wonder what pro-National Rifle Association/Pro Gun Bush would do if he were to appear in an outdoor venue and everyone in the crowd was legally packing a handgun or a rifle?
Would he trust that everyone in the audience carefully complied with the brief gun safety course they took before they got their permits?
Would the Secret Service check everyone's permits, then allow them to proceed to their seats with their guns at the ready?
The Constitution also guarantees citizens the right to peaceful assemblies.
If a group of peaceful protesters swarmed the gates of the Crawford Ranch carrying concealed handguns or non-concealed rifles, do you think the Secret Service or local police would enforce either constitutional amendment and allow the peacefully assembled group to continue their protest?