Letter: Gun sales, myths at record highs
I own a power drill. The law says I can carry my power drill anywhere. But I don’t. I only take my power drill when I think I’ll need to use it. If I owned a gun, I would carry it when I thought it might be needed. Carrying a gun everywhere is just as silly as carrying a power drill everywhere.
Gun enthusiasts are told by the NRA, and other groups funded by the firearms industry, that the government is going to take their guns. Gun sales and gun myths during the Obama administration have both been running at record highs. Gun owners are not subject to any more restrictions than they were during the Bush administration, and actually have more rights than they did under Reagan.
Now Shooters, a “gun and Jesus-themed restaurant” opened in Rifle and brings the national debate over gun rights to the valley. Why guns and not some other object? The owners claim it’s because they wanted an identifiable theme, but in reality it’s because they either believe the gun-confiscation myths or are aiming to attract diners who do.
When our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment, the first half (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,”) provided the context for the second half (“the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”) Regardless of whether they intended for individuals to amass muskets or semi-automatic assault rifles, the right to own a gun has been supported by the courts, and is the law of the land. So is the right to carry a gun openly in many states. But why would you bring your gun somewhere unless you think you may need to shoot something or someone?
If publicity was the reason behind the concept of Shooters, I applaud them. They’ve succeeded in garnering national attention. But if they were trying to make a statement, it’s lost on me. Gun rights aren’t threatened and the presence of more guns increases the likelihood they’ll be used, making Shooters more dangerous than Chuck E. Cheese’s.
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