With all due respect to the State's rights crowd here, I live in a pretty good area to be a gun owner (North Carolina to be exact.. GOD BLESS DIXIE!!), but I feel for my fellow shooters in other states that do NOT have the previlages I enjoy... plus if I decide to travel AND wish to have the ability to defend myself as a law-abiding citizen of the UNITED
States I am of the mind that this would be good for everyone involved... especially me!!
Anyone that knows me (..either in person, or through my post here) has probably heard me preach this sermon before, so please forgive me for repeating myself; If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times.. If you want gun violence, Hell... violent crime in general, to keep going down (FBI statistics will bear me out on that statement; FBI — Latest Crime Statistics: Volumes Continue to Fall
) ...three things need to happen; 1) The background check system needs to be shored up (the Virginia Tech shooter got all his guns legally... and the Columbine teens got theirs through a "straw sale" from an adult) because we can all agree there are just some people in our midst that DO NOT need to get their hands on a firearm of ANY KIND.... and 2) We need to do away with these "Gun Free" zones that restrict the LAW ABIDING citizen w/ a CCW to protect themselves (see the previous cases at VT, Columbine... and the Long Island railroad, Loopy's Restaurant, Fort Hood, etc etc) because all those stupid little signs and stickers insure is a high body count for the criminally minded and mentally unstable... and finally 3) We need to let law abiding US citizens arm themselves in ALL 50 states (You listening Illinois... you are the LAST holdout now!!) and ALL municipalities (DC, NYC, NJ.. I'm looking your way!!) and to have those carry permits recognized in said all 50 states (Maryland.. are you listening??) All of the states seem to recognize my driver's license... and that's for a 3000 to 5000 pound bullet called my car.
People who decide not to carry (and that's fine, it's still a free country... for now) need to realize that they too benefit from carry/conceal laws... Because the bad guys in those areas (where it is allowed) roll the dice every time they decide to act in a criminal manner.
At this point I would consider any of the 3 above ratified as federal law a step in the right direction.... and a HUGE victory.
Of course I do understand the apathy of some here... and recognize that the Federal Gov could screw up a peanut butter and jelly sandwich... They can't seem to find their @$$ with both hands and a schematic these days!!