Yes, even when they are in the military. Case in point Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, who wrote pack of lies and distortions after the recent Ft. Hood shootings
What is not working, as Secretary Hagel formulated it, is America’s gun culture. All of these mass shootings took place with privately owned weapons purchased without any sort of serious screening or taken from their rightful owners — a mother or a father, by theft or murder. In essence, you can be a complete and total nutcase and acquire a gun pretty easily. You can even purchase one yourself, provided you do not have a criminal record. Or if you have an IQ over 70 and can drive yourself to a gun show, you can buy one there even if you do have a criminal record.* No matter what, you can have a gun. Period.
Purchased without ANY serious screening? An FBI background check is not serious? Give us a break. As far as a mad man murdering to get a gun, or stealing one, I do not know what Col. Bateman would suggest, well besides trampling American’s inherent right to own guns, which, of course would do nothing but raise the number of violent crimes. Of course, Bateman has to throw in the bogus :gun show loophole lie, as all good gun control types do. The fact is if you are a licensed firearms dealer, you MUST, under federal law, run background check, and Bateman damn well knows that.
This is not, nor should it be, about “American soldiers should carry guns on post.” I guarantee that some lunatics will propose that, claiming that soldiers on military posts always used to have guns on post but that they were “disarmed” by this president or that one. No, the fact is that American soldiers, sailors, and marines never carried their military weapons on post except when training, with the exception of the military police.
No one has suggested any such thing. No one, I repeat NO ONE has suggested soldiers carry their “military weapons on base. WE have suggested, we including survivors of the first Ft. Hood shooting, have suggested that soldiers with concealed carry permits be able to carry their PERSONAL firearms on base. Another lie but Bateman has more
Last month I was traveling, in part with my wife and daughter, and I began to notice something. There were a lot more concealed weapons there than I remember seeing before. Four times in the space of just a few days I noticed men carrying pistols under their shirts, in restaurants, stores, and even in a children’s play area of a shopping mall. This craze, which seems new to me because I have been serving overseas for so long, is taking place not just on the streets or in bars,** but in family restaurants and places where we all shop. So that is a part of the solution.
Bateman must have X-Ray vision. I mean he can see things that are concealed What a great super power he has. It goes great with his ability to fabricate “facts”.
What we need to dois make owning guns impractical for everyone. The simple solution for this is not a new law or judicial ruling. It is “voting” with our wallets.
I started to do it last week when I was in a nice seafood restaurant that had food that was so good I was thinking of writing it up and also telling my friends about the place. As an out-of-the-way joint, they could certainly use the free publicity, though they certainly pulled in their share of locals for a blustery Sunday morning. Then I saw the guns.
He saw the “guns”? Doe she mean he saw random guns wondering around the parking lot? Or maybe he used that X-Ray vision super power again, or maybe he is simply a liar.
Nope, not going to do it, I decided on the spot. And I am also not going to bring my kids or my wife in there ever again until they decide that guns are not allowed in their restaurant. And that, friends, is the solution. Not confrontation with the gun owners, not legislation by politicians beholden to the big money of the NRA, just a simple statement to the owners and managers of every store, every chain, every restaurant where you see somebody carrying a concealed weapon: “I am never coming back to this store until you ban guns on your property.”
Well, any business can choose for itself, but really now, a serious question for Col. Bateman. How many times has a person with a permit to carry concealed gone mad and shot up a mall, restaurant, or park? Go ahead and look that up Mr. Bateman, I can wait. The fact is that type of thing DOES NOT HAPPEN. But there are plenty of examples of people, intent on doing evil, arming themselves ILEGALLY and walking right past the “guns banned here” signs Bateman calls for. I have three words for Lt. Col. Bateman, they fit perfectly. Stuck on Stupid!
The fact is that violent crime does not rise, and usually decreases in states with concealed carry. Another fact is that guns are used more often, FAR more often in self defense, than to commit some heinous act. As well, ten of millions of Americans own guns, and never do anything wrong with those guns, and again, many of them DO defend themselves with their firearms. Likewise millions of Americans with concealed carry permits never cause any harm, yet the gun control zealots wish to smear them anyway. And finally, I trust a soldier with a carry permit far more than I trust a zealot like Lt. Col. Bateman