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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for March 16th, 2012

Massad Ayoob


Friday, March 16th, 2012

Sure an’ begorrah, laddies and colleens, I’m wishin’ ya a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, with the wind at yer back an’ all o’ that.  Be sure that ye wear green, and verdigris on your bullets doesn’t count.

It’s also time to be talking with your representatives on Capitol Hill urging them to support National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which is coming up for a vote.  Now, that O’Bama fella not only isn’t really Irish, he also is quite likely in his next term to go for the hard core “gun control” agenda he always supported before he got elected.  The general consensus in the gun community is that he has laid off gun owners in his first term because he doesn’t want to antagonize us before the coming elections this November, but that once he’s reelected, his gloves and his mask will both come off.  He has reportedly told the anti-gunners that he’s working on their agenda under the radar.


I would kind of like this bill to get to the President’s desk to be signed while he is still reluctant to antagonize millions of honest, one-issue voters.  There are some on our own side who feel that national reciprocity smacks too much of Federalism, and some who hint that it’s a dark Democrat conspiracy to steal our guns.  Nobody has a better handle on the matter than the National Rifle Association and their Institute for Legislative Action, both of which are pushing strongly for national reciprocity.

The bill as written is not perfect, but nobody gets “perfect.”  It will allow a helluva lot more good, law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families in public, in a helluva lot more places than the practice is allowed now.

The good Saint Patrick was said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland.  National concealed carry won’t drive all the human snakes out of the United States, but it will give more good people the option to protect themselves, one snake at a time.  It will save lives, and it will give peace of mind.

I’d be interested in all y’all’s take on this. I for one am solidly for it

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