Could strapping on a gun be the new fashion?

Could strapping on a gun be the new fashion?

It just seems wrong. At least for those of us who spent the time and money to qualify for a concealed handgun permit. Now the Texas Legislature wants to hand a free permit to every man and woman in the state over the age of 21. What happened to the notion that people ought to have some semblance of weapons training and knowledge of the law before being allowed to wag a gun around in public? Supporters insist that it’s their constitutional right guaranteed in the Second Amendment. But not so fast. Don’t we own our cars and aren’t roadways public thoroughfares paid for by our tax dollars? Shouldn’t we have a constitutional right to use them as we see fit? The state sees it differently. You need a license to operate a motor vehicle, which requires passing a test. You have to pay to have your vehicle registered. You have to wear a seat belt, remain within the posted speed limits, refrain from drinking alcohol (although it is now legal to purchase drinks to go) etc., etc. And who can deny that a car – in the wrong hands – is every bit as deadly as a gun? House Bill 1927, which nixes the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns, is now being negotiated behind closed doors in Austin. Texas House members refused to sign off on changes the Senate made to a Republican-backed proposal for open carry. No doubt the two sides […]

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