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Guns and the Senate
July 24, 2009 - Frank Robinson
I'm not what some people would call a "gun nut," but I do own guns. I grew up with them. I understand how they work and what they are capable of doing. I have watched with a combination of amusement and dismay as the Senate voted earlier this week on a measure that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry those hidden weapons into other states. It was defeated by two votes. It was amusing because with the Democrats in control, it should not have even been close. It was. I was in dismay because it shouldn't even be a topic for discussion. There are many more pressing issues. You can put every rule you want to on the books restricting guns, and people still will have guns and even conceal them. I say don't bother. I don't mind registering guns at the point of purchase, but that's enough. This whole concept of having to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon never made any sense to me. If someone wants to carry a gun, he or she should be free to do so. I have no desire to carry a concealed weapon. But I understand the thinking of those who do. There are many law abiding citizens out there who get the proper permits. I admire them for that. But it's an unnecessary intrusion. It only penalizes the people who obey the law, and costs them money.
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