Friday, October 31, 2014

Who decides who carries what, and where?

From the Washington Times:
3 robbed at gunpoint after N.C. state fair declares gun-free zone

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times - Thursday, October 30, 2014
Three people were reportedly robbed at gunpoint Saturday leaving the North Carolina State Fair after a judge ruled earlier this month that concealed weapons would not be permitted at the event.

Wake County Superior Court judge Donald Stephens decided more than two weeks ago that it would be “unwise and imprudent” to allow concealed weapons at the state fair this year...

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It appears to me that the most competent person to decide whether a gun should be carried or not is the person who might have a use for the gun. Individual rights come with individual responsibilities, and if it really is an individual right, the individual's discretion should be factored into its exercise. This is not necessarily an argument that anyone should carry anything anywhere one likes, but a call for a bit less micromanagement and a good deal less governmental oversight in the exercise of what I, with the framers, take to be an essential human right.

The right to bear arms is the right not to be coerced by threats of violence. Oddly enough, crime drops where a bad guy has to consider that there is a possibility, however slim, that his next victim may shoot him. That is the situation where people carry concealed weapons at their discretion. That is not the situation where the law calls on all law abiding persons to go unarmed. You see the problem with that? It creates a disparity. The law un-abider reasons, correctly, that he obtains an advantage by going armed where others will not.

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