Letter: No one has — or should have — the right to carry a gun at all times

Letter: No one has — or should have — the right to carry a gun at all times

FILE – A man carries his weapon during a second amendment gun rally at Utah State Capitol on Feb. 8, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah is one of several more states weighing proposals this year that would allow people to carry concealed guns without having to get a permit, a trend supporters say bolsters Second Amendment rights but is alarming to gun-control advocates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) It seems entirely ridiculous to have to say so, but as we seek to heal the divide between right and left, maybe the first thing we should do is put our guns down. Let’s adopt a rule from that old Johnny Cash song: “Just leave your guns at home boys, don’t take your guns to town.” The Utah Legislature and Gov. Cox are taking entirely the wrong turn by supporting the right to carry a concealed gun without a permit. The excuse for supporting this outrageous idea is that what can be done without a coat, should not be illegal when wearing a coat. I entirely agree! What needs to be done is to restrict when a gun — concealed or not — is permitted to be carried in public. We need legislation making it a crime to bring a gun to any public meeting of any branch of government and especially to any protest. It should not just be illegal to have a gun in court, but also at legislative and executive branch meetings. Most importantly, it should be illegal […]

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