The debate that has swept the country has now made it to the steps of state capitols and not everyone is excited about the idea. Kansas may join 11 other states allowing some civilians to carry guns inside the state capitol which most states restrict the practice to member of the state legislature while Texas allows anyone to carry inside the building. However opponents say that civilians carrying guns make them feel endangered, while gun enthusiasts see it as exercising their Second Amendment rights. Texas state Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) told Huff Post that, “The law enforcement in the Capitol should be done by the state troopers and not by members of the Legislature. I feel less safe. Even though someone has gone through training, sometimes it is better to move away from danger. Get the appropriate security there. The chance he will shoot an innocent person is high. It concerns me if someone wants to be a hero.” Eight states allow civilians to carry concealed weapons in their capitol buildings and three states say they allow guns in capitols but gave no specifics reported Morgan Cullen, a program analyst at the National Conference of State Legislature. Texas allows anyone to carry a concealed pistol with a permit to bypass metal detectors at the capitol as Texas state Rep. Jonathan Strickland (R-Bedford) told the New York Times that he wears his gun routinely and people are used to guns in Texas. Coleman sees it as a problem even though concealed carry permits require background checks as he explains, “Background checks mean that nothing has occurred in the past, it does not mean it could not happen.” Kansas state Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) told Huff Post he is not concerned with concealed carry permits bringing guns because they have to undergo background checks. An example of things going horribly wrong is the shooting death of New York City Councilman James Davis (D) in 2003 inside City Council chambers by his political opponent, Othniel Askew, who legally purchased his gun and was able to under City Hall rules to bypass metal detectors. The Kansas plan adopted by the state House carries specific stipulations as state Rep. John Wilson (D-Lawrence) explains that the bill allows concealed carry guns in other public building not the Capitol. He also commented he is not in favor of guns in public places. Unfortunately the bill was passed before discovering an error in the written amendment allowing people to openly carry guns in the Capitol instead of the concealed carry which now leaves the decision up to the state Senate. Arizona state House Minority Leader Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix) told Huff Post he has a problem with guns in the Capitol as he explains, “I’m a gun owner and I have no problem with gun ownership. But I don’t think that there is a need to carry them to the floor.” Only time will tell if such laws are effective or a complete disaster.
Let it go man. I really don’t understand why it is important to Republicans and the NRA that Obama has shot guns because that is irrelevant to the fact that roughly 1,400 people have died because of guns since December. The NRA needs to choose which battles to fight and not start WWIII over gun regulation. A photo released Saturday of the president skeet shooting would of silenced his critics but then again maybe not. When he did his interview with New Republican Magazine, he had answered yes to the question if he had fired a gun and sent heads spinning and left many surprised. The White House released a photo dated Aug. 4, 2012 with the caption Obama is shooting clay targets on the range at Camp David. The picture shows Obama shooting a gun wearing jeans, a polo, and earmuffs. The National Rifle Association has rejected Obama’s gun proposal and now the photo saying one photo cannot erase his lifetime support of every gun ban and every gun control scheme according to the organization’s spokesman. The NRA opposes any further background check laws or a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. Remind me again, why people need these? The White House Press Secretary in a recent press conference was asked about the president’s skeet shooting and he could not comment on it because he doesn’t know about it . “Because when he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax, not to produce photographs,” Carney, said. Fun fact here folks Obama has at least one White House photographer with him at all times. The speculation is that the photo is part of a plan to make Obama appear more sympathetic to gun owners. A top official of the National Skeet Shooting Association has said the photo suggest he is a novice pointing to his stance and how he hold the gun. Maybe he is a really bad shooter because I have seen a lot of those. Who cares if he knows how to be professional shooter or not? Most people at home who are gun owners are not experts. The only reason he released a photo was to quiet his opponents and I think they are just mad that he was able to. Kudos to you Mr. President! In the interview in The New Republican he states his deep respect for hunting in this country and calls for gun control advocates to be better listeners in the debate over firearms. The NRA is trying to distract people with this ridiculousness about a photo so people can forget about gun control measure and not focus on the real problem which is gun violence. Plus for all you second amendment folks out their read your Constitution carefully and remember the time frame it was written in: DOES NOT APPLY TO TODAY. Hey I don’t have an issue with the idea of guns but if I had a dime for every time I heard one of you say guns don’t kill people, people kill people then I would be a billionaire. Remember folks it is true people kill people but guns help out a lot and that is what this debate should be about preventing those people from getting guns so easily.
What was this kid thinking? Where did he get this gun? These are the questions people should be asking after a .22 caliber handgun was found inside a 7 year old’s backpack at Wave Preparatory Elementary School in Rockaway on Thursday. No individuals were harmed and the gun was taken by one of the school’s safety officers. The school was in lock down as well. The event happens after a much fuel debate continues over gun restriction and tighter laws following the Sandy Hook shooting. On Tuesday, New York state was the first to pass gun control measures in the wake of the tragedy. The NRA said the passage of such measures prevented their lobby from thwarting the efforts, while President Obama unveiled his gun control proposal on Wednesday.
Daly City, south of San Francisco, saw a record number of gun enthusiast at the Cow Palace gun show this weekend because of concerns over stricter gun laws being put into place making it harder to get them. No one could walk away with a gun, but still an estimated 10,000 people packed the place on Saturday for the annual Crossroads of the West gun show. The increase interest in buying guns comes after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed 26 lives and has increased dramatically around the nation.
California has some of the strictest gun laws in the United states requiring background checks, licensing of gun dealers, 10-day waiting periods, required written tests for all gun owners, recording of all firearm sales, handgun micro-stamping and a limiting each individual to one handgun purchase per month. Since the Sandy Hook shooting, gun shows have been increasingly criticized by locals and some towns are trying to block these gun shows form operating in their town.
Remember this guy? Investigators say Holmes tossed two gas canisters and then opened fire during the midnight showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20 last year, killing 12 people and wounding dozens. The problem in many of these cases is this guy if goes to trial would be a waste of time with the recent shooting and the fact he has already been tried in the court of public opinion as guilty. The information gained from this case should go toward improving security of these places and the way we go about identifying these type of people. The same debate that keeps coming up is gun control and mental illness which were present in every shooting, so why not address these two things.
Wow I know everyone is still raw after the numerous shooting sprees across the country especial the Newtown massacre but this may be taking it too far. Reportedly after a reporter published addresses of known gun permit holders in New York, one of these owners published where the report and staff lived and posted a Google map of it. What happened to privacy people? I will say it again there is a larger issue besides guns going on here guns are not the only thing to blame. Now various groups are debating whether gun permit holders should be required to tell their neighbors like a sexual predator would that they live in the neighborhood. WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THING!
I had to comment on this story. I am outraged they interviewed kids, outraged they didn’t do enough, and outraged this happened again. This country needs to come together forget the petty differences and political agendas to work toward a future for our children not for 0urselves. When you seethe details of what happened you too will be outraged.