“Right from the start, let me say that I honor the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, although the editor in me wants to clarify its language to make it easier to understand,” columnist Peg McEntee for The Salt Lake City Tribune claims in a Friday opinion piece
Evidently from McEntee’s “clarification,” the way she would “honor” it is to remove “and bear” from the text, as her column quickly degenerates into a hit piece against lawful open carry—that is, the prevalent practice and custom at the time the Constitution was ratified.
“Simply seeing someone carrying a handgun, rifle or shotgun can cause fear among the unarmed,” McEntee asserts as an unqualified universal truism. “If I were to see someone with a .45 strapped to his hip, I’d have no idea who that person is and what his intentions are and would get out of there quick
So the conduct of the person would not factor into things?
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank weighs in, telling McEntee “a bad guy with a loaded weapon can do ‘a lot of damage very fast,” while admitting that “in his 20 years as a policeman, ‘we’ve had very few problems and concealed-weapons holders. It’s not a big issue.’”
Yet “bad guys” predominantly carry concealed. So why would he assume an openly carrying citizen, conducting himself peaceably, would be “a big issue”? Especially since the record in other open carry states shows that—as with initial “Dodge City/blood-in-the-streets-over fender-benders” hysteria raised over concealed carry—such fears have proven to be unfounded?
Perhaps the chief’s mindset explains. Perhaps this is simply projection:
But open-carry is different, he adds. For example, a law enforcement officer openly carries a weapon for its “intimidation factor. In law enforcement, that’s the message you send.”
That Chief Burbank is giving official sanction to doing exactly that which the hoplophobes accuse peaceable gun owners of does not register on Peg’s irony meter?
Evidently not, and that’s OK with some of the comment posters, coming up with such powerful intellectual arguments against those siding with liberty as accusing them of smelling, of being “paranoid, egotistical, pretend cowboys,” or a “card carrying member of the KKK or a white supremest” [sic], and of course, the obligatory master debaters who feel compelled to inject rocket launchers and penis size into the discussion.
So is Second Amendment-honoring Peg saying she’s OK with armed citizens as long as she doesn’t see their guns? Isn’t that the reason frightened little children pull the covers over their heads, to shield themselves from the bogeyman? Isn't that why we put blinders on horses, to keep them from spooking at things which are not a threat, but which they might perceive as a catalyst for ignorance-induced panic?