Republicans and the NRA have spent the last few years pushing legislation all across the country that expands gun owners’ concealed carry rights. Twelve states are even looking at legislation that eliminates the requirement of a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Gun advocates want everyone carrying everywhere including college campuses, the workplace, even in bars.
In Louisiana, an NRA proposal is advancing that would eliminate the state’s right to legislate concealed carry laws. In Tennessee, Republican lawmakers are pushing to make it legal to keep a gun in your car at work, over the objections of the small business owners they claim to love so much. The Christian Science Monitor reported,
“…40 states now mandate that anyone who asks for a concealed-carry permit and meets the qualifications must be issued one… The number of concealed-weapon license holders in the US has gone from a few hundred thousand 10 years ago to more than 6 million today.”
So why am I rehashing recent trends in gun legislation, you ask? Because the Republican convention is going on down in Tampa right now; and their party, the one pushing for concealed carry rights, won’t allow guns in their convention. I guess they’re worried something could happen; how silly is that? We all know guns don’t kill people, people kill people, right?