A little over a week and a half ago, apparently, some cat by the name of Dan Simpson launched another one of those ban-all-the-guns screeds that are so poignant and quaint because they're so out of touch with on-the-ground political realities. He goes on with the usual blatherskite and folderol of "too many guns" and "Stand Your Ground is a license to kill" and blood in the streets, yadda yadda.
He then veers into fantasyland about wanting hunters to have to keep their guns in central armories and people to have to apply for a one-year license to keep a single gun in the home for self defense, and all kinds of other fantasies. Hey, Dan, I want Kel-Tec P32s sold in blister packs at the checkout lane at WalMart, so I realize that it's good to have fantasies, but try and do like I do and keep them attainable, okay?
The part I kept coming back to was this, however:
The arms industry* is also pushing "concealed carry" and "open carry" laws in many states. It is going to be increasingly difficult to avoid such places as these laws become more widespread.It seemed a little out of touch, until I noticed at the bottom of the page that Mr. Simpson is a "former U.S. ambassador". Ah! That explains that.
Well, Mr. Simpson, during the last twenty years while you were ambassadorin' on the far side of the moon and out of radio contact with planet Earth, we pretty much got the whole "concealed carry laws in many states" thing finished. There are a couple holdouts, but their day will come.
You're on the wrong side of history on this one, Dan; go sit on the ash heap.
*That's my favorite shibboleth of theirs: "The arms industry". In overall dollars, it's probably slightly ahead of the skateboard industry, but in sheer monetary terms, I'd bet it's dwarfed by Big Cookware.