Thursday, February 25, 2010

When it comes to respecting the 2nd Amendment, Oklahoma passes with flying colors, but we can do better.

Again, The Brady Campaign gives Oklahoma a score of 2 out of 100.

One thing that surprises me is that the latest and greatest of the Brady Campaign's bogeymen is left out of their scoring criteria: Open carry. With Oklahoma being one of the few states that prohibits open carry, surely The Brady Campaign could give us an extra two points.

There was a movement to legalize open carry in Oklahoma (there was even non-biased television coverage), but it ran into a roadblock: No one cared. This is the same problem efforts to legalize campus carry ran into. Apparently, one of the downsides to living in such a gun friendly state is mass gun owner apathy. A lot of people own guns, but very few are politically active. You just can't get enough people to write, call, and meet with their representatives. As a result, a lot of pro-gun legislation dies in committee.

Fortunately, gun controllers in Oklahoma are even less politically active and even more apathetic, so Oklahoma's score of 2 out of 100 will probably stand for a long time. However, that shouldn't stop us from aiming for a zero.

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