Japete finally finds one of those mythical hunters/gun owners that support her gun grabbing agenda. In a comment, hunter and muzzle loading rifle builder Brent Gurtek says
I don’t have strong feelings about concealed/open carry, one way or the other. As long as those doing the carrying have passed a solid background check, took a good course & keep their hand in with their chosen weapon. When it comes to students carrying on campus, at least those under say 22 years of age, perhaps even a bit older, I would approach that with extreme caution.
So for Brent, unless you are 22, you have no rights. You might get to vote and get shipped off to war, but no bearing arms for you. If you are 18, you’re too stupid, hotheaded, and unreliable to exercise your rights.
The rest of us need to shell out the big bucks for a “good course” of training, and a “solid” background check. Then we need to practice regularly, presumably with proof provided to the government, in order to keep our “right” to bear arms. If you are too poor to meet Brent’s high standards, too bad for you.
Also, as Japete mentioned, if a DGU occurred on campus the carry permit holders on the scene & responding authorities would have to be able to easily & quickly identify each other or there could be some tragic “friendly fire” incidents. With some thought, there’s probably a way to satisfy this to some extent.
Not all that tough to do. The person running around shooting the screaming innocents: bad guy. The ones trying to shoot him: good guys. The one that points his gun at the cops when they announce over the bullhorn to surrender: bad guy. The guys who holster, and surrender immediately: good guys. It isn’t all that hard to understand.
I’d really like to see We, The People, put most of our efforts behind keeping dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands. And then if reasonable, intelligent & qualified folks wish to carry a weapon publicly I wouldn’t have much of a problem with it.
Reasonable, Intelligent, Qualified. Or put more simply, People like Us. The good sort. People who wouldn’t get black-balled at the Country Club. None of those red-necky trailer-trash types from the wrong side of the tracks. No negroes, please. It’s amazing how fast those three words turn into racism, classism and snobbery. It also turns out that Brent has a history of gun control fetishism, a curious hobby for a guy who makes guns. But I guess that it makes a certain amount of sense that a guy who makes $2000 plus hand built muzzle loaders for the well heeled has a gripe with me carrying a cheap plastic gun in public. Snob.
Not for long. VPC, Brady, and the usual suspects are trying to ban big bore handguns since they are capable of penetrating police vests. They are also after hunting rifles. They’ll just call them sniper rifles first.