Saturday, April 17, 2010

She can't make it through the first sentence without being wrong.

Rep. Carolyn "Shoulder Thing That Goes Up" McCarthy:

There are only three states, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, and the District of Columbia that outright prohibit the open carrying of handguns. Only three!

Actually, it's Florida, Texas, Illinois (which bans carrying of any kind), Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, and New York. That's seven. Not three.

It gets better:
Now, contrary to public perception, I have never been against people owning guns for protection, hunting, or sport.

Is that why you continue trying ban some of the most popular sporting and defensive arms on the market?

In the summer of 2009, a man stood just outside a venue in New Hampshire with President Obama inside talking about healthcare reform. He had a gun openly strapped to his thigh. Another time while the president was giving a speech at the convention center in Phoenix, a dozen people were openly carrying guns, including one who walked around with an AR-15 assault rifle strapped to his back.

What you don't say is just as important as what you do say. The man in New Hampshire was nowhere near the venue where President Obama was talking. He was blocks away on private property.

In this session of Congress, laws were passed to allow guns on Amtrak trains and in our national parks. Where does it end? When will people realize that we are moving backwards in reducing gun violence?

Are we really? It seems like we're moving forward. Even the spin doctors at MSNBC have admitted that firearms deaths are falling as more people are carrying. You're also misrepresenting the Amtrak legislation. It only applies to checked baggage, just like on an airliner. No one will be carrying a gun on a train anymore than they can carry a gun on an airliner.

I realize that is an extreme, but when open carry has occurred in retail stores, other customers generally become alarmed and the police are called to the scene.

Thousands of people open carry every day without incident. If the police being called were such a common occurrence, there would be no end to the media coverage of it.

Exaggeration, missing information, and disinformation. This is all par for Carolyn McCarthy. Apparently she hasn't changed a bit since "the shoulder thing that goes up".


Mike W. said...

Pretty sure Maryland bans OC as well.

AztecRed said...

I believe Maryland allows open carry with a license, but a license is all but completely impossible to get. So it's essentially a de facto ban on open carry.

Mike W. said...

Yup, MD "technically" has carry, but in practice they don't. If you're one of the lucky few to get a CCW permit you can be damn sure that, although legal, choosing to open carry would get that permit revoked quickly.

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