socalserf wrote:Clayton Crammer writes a column for Shotgun News.
This is his latest. It should have been titled "Gun Owner Hide your Shame!"
I'm writing the SNG to voice my anger and ask that Crammer be ditched like a smelly diaper.
"I have long felt that open carry, if you have some other choice, is a political mistake, and for this very reason. There are lots of Americans who have discomfort or misgivings about gun ownership. They may know that lots of Americans have concealed handgun permits, and that they are probably walking the streets with people that are armed. But it isn't obvious; the gun isnĂ*t proclaiming its presence. The visceral reaction that some Americans have to seeing people openly armed is not going to win you any friendsâ€“and may turn some people against gun ownership.
Let me draw an analogy that a lot of you may find unpleasant. About 3% of Americans are homosexuals. I don't approve of homosexuality, for a variety of reasons. I know that a pretty sizeable fraction of Americans share my views on this. We know what homosexuals are doing behind closed doors, and we generally accept that, however much we disapprove of that conduct, it isn't the government's job to tell consenting adults what they can do in private. Most homosexuals in America appear to know this; like you and me, they are more interested in living their lives than they are in making political points."