The title of this post is the subtitle of an editorial in the Washington Post called “The Shot-and-a-Beer Crowd” about Virginia
bills to make it easier to carry concealed weapons in cars, bars and restaurants…
In its wisdom, the legislature has decided that citizens will benefit from a proliferation of hidden weapons — here, there and everywhere.
A bit of leap, there, guys. But more of the usual. Since someone is against some parts of gun control, they obviously want “everyone” to have guns “everywhere.”
Here’s what they say about the effort to repeal the ban on concealed carry in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol:
The measure would make it a misdemeanor for the carrier of a hidden gun to drink while in a restaurant or bar, but in the real world, who would know? Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta), the bill’s sponsor, argued that holders of concealed-carry permits have been screened and therefore can be trusted. But last we checked, the screening does not verify that they are all nonconfrontational when drinking, and it’s chilling to think of what may happen if Mr. Hanger’s confidence is misplaced.
This is a hilarious line of reasoning:
- It would be illegal to drink while carrying, but carriers can’t be trusted not to drink.
- Since they’ll drink, we had better hope they’re non-confrontational when they do it.
Trained and licensed concealed carriers with legal weapons can’t be trusted not to drink while packing, but we should put our faith in untrained and unlicensed people to not carry illegal weapons. The fact that this is from the editors of the Washington Post in the District of Columbia, not exactly gun crime-free despite a total ban on gun ownership, simply adds to the irony.
I think the WaPo’s confidence in gun control is misplaced.