In this country, a day does not go past without another incident involving a gun and a dead person. While gun laws and restrictions are under discussion in almost every state as well as on the Federal level, the creativity and arguable stupidity of some gun enthusiasts astounds me. In two incidents that have come to light, retail store owners have gone above and beyond in their support of the right to carry firearms.
It first began in Utah, where a local yogurt shop offered a one dollar discount to anyone who brought in their concealed weapons permit when they come into the store. The owner believes in the second amendment, as do I, but he feels that gun owners are not being treated fairly and deserve a break. I wish when he was interviewed they actually asked the question of how they are being unfairly treated.
Not to be outdone by merely showing your right to carry permit, a pizza joint in Virginia Beach VA, saw the “show me yours” offer and raised it. He extended a 15% discount to anyone who comes in with a gun. Comes.In.With.A.Gun.
This offer has been a big hit, one guy even brought in an AK-47. A freakin’ assault rifle…into the pizza shop. Now just suppose that Aunt Lucy is walking across the street from the pizza shop and sees someone walking in carrying an AK-47. And just suppose she calls the police who respond to an armed robbery. And just suppose there is a case of mistaken sanity and shots get fired and someone, either the gun owner, a cop or an innocent bystander ends up another statistic. How is the 15% off sounding then?
If guns are supposed to make you feel safe, why am I so terrified thinking of a nation where everyone is allowed to carry them under their jackets? Yes, you have a right to own and in certain cases should be allowed to carry. I do not believe everyone should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm. Even now if you are a police officer, making a vehicle stop is a scary part of the job. Consider the added stress if you knew any, and maybe nearly every car you stopped potentially contained a firearm. Consider the number of times innocent bystanders would be injured or killed when an incident occurs in an enclosed space, and someone tries to fix things by pulling out a gun…and then five more people do the same.
Somehow if I’m in my local pizzeria having a nice slice, and I see someone walk in carrying a gun, I may feel many things; safe will not be one of them.