It is not at all obvious that 'guns and alcohol do not mix.' I suspect that guns and excessive alcohol do not mix just as excessive alcohol and driving do not mix. Or excessive alcohol and sexual congress do not mix. The latter is tolerated, the next is a problem problem not solved by banning automobiles as Mrs. Howell's logic would require.Still, Mrs. Howell said she agrees with those who say guns in holsters pose a serious threat. She tried unsuccessfully to persuade the state legislature to ban guns from establishments that serve alcohol and vowed to try again next year. "It's pretty obvious that guns and alcohol don't mix," [emphasis added] she said. "Having guns in places that sell alcohol puts the public and employees at risk. People don't necessarily think straight when they are drinking."
This is Socratic irony at its best and likely a lie. Why would she mention one e-mail, espousing what she would have us believe is a popular position, rather than prate of the 99.8% positive response to her in-house, non-scientific poll of her electors?Virginia state Sen. Janet D. Howell says she was surprised when a D.C. resident sent her an e-mail saying he won't be crossing the Potomac into Virginia anymore because of the open-carry law. "He feels that the District of Columbia is a safer place to be," said Mrs. Howell, Fairfax County Democrat.
I wonder if Mike S. has been reading Hank T, here, and his self-assigned attribute as 'graduate of statistical and quantitative analysis. A personal anecdote may be the truth but 'two personal anecdotes do not data make.'Mike Stollenwerk, a Fairfax County resident and a permit holder, said being able to carry a weapon openly gives people a sense of security. "It's an insurance policy," he said. "I'm not a statistician, but it makes people feel more safe when they have the right to carry."