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It’s Always High Noon in Tallahassee

The Florida House has now passed a bill allowing Floridians with concealed carry permits to openly carry firearms, even on college campuses.  Good guys with guns, doncha know. It’s what made Deadwood such a peaceful place in the 1870’s and Gene Autry rich in the 1950’s.  Hey come on, didn’t you dream about being a Wild West cowboy when you were a kid?  Come to Florida, young man, Come to Florida!

Florida law enforcement unite against college gun carry bill

Florida law enforcement unite against college gun carry bill

Many people will of course, react in horror and fear and panic and they, like most Americans, don’t know that 45 states already allow open carry and many without any kind of permit needed. 13 states do require some sort of license and at least Floridians who want to flaunt firearms would  need to be fingerprinted and investigated and to have passed a course of instruction.  Even Hoppalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger didn’t have to do that back when America was great, but  I can’t wait for Governor Scott to sign this one.  Hi Ho Silver!

Is it going to cause a bloodbath?  I certainly doubt it, and in my 70 odd years I have only seen anyone carry openly while hunting or walking about their farms or in very remote areas — except for cops, of course. That still makes me nervous.  It feels a bit odd, I admit, but those who do carry concealed weapons legally can stop worrying that if the wind blows their shirt open and reveals a gun or knife they won’t go to jail as the law now provides. It’s not all bad.

It certainly provides a further degree of polarization however and reduces the likelihood of the vociferous phobics ever agreeing on anything, and that’s not a good thing, but what after all is getting better in our culture of fear and outrage? I’m to the point where I really accept the madness and embrace the horror – or the humor – as an outside observer.

Any mention of the American Gun Problem simply accelerates gun sales. Every rampage shooting lengthens lines at the gun store and every proposal or suggestion or casual mention that something might be done does the same thing. I might do well to sell guns and buy Stock in Smith and Wesson.

No, I don’t think much will actually change, except perhaps in the Florida Legislature where another bill passed will allow Florida’s Senators and Representatives to bring their guns to work.  As long as we can watch it on TV, I’m all for it.   Legislative showdown?  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

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8 Responses to It’s Always High Noon in Tallahassee

  1. Michael John Scott Reply

    February 7, 2016 at 7:38 am

    This is just shocking. Private colleges can still prohibit guns, but state supported or funded institutions no longer have that luxury I assume. F*cking republicans and their twisted ideas.

  2. Rachael Reply

    February 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I have a grandson in college in Florida and I am worried about this new law. What prevents a potential killer from just walking on campus with his gun over his shoulder from shooting people? At least before they had to hide their guns. Shameful.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      February 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

      I also have family at a state funded Florida University. I agree this is shameful legislation.

  3. Bill Formby Reply

    February 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    It is really ironic, and to some degree humorous. Back in the days of the old west like Deadwood, Tombstone, etc. They found that prohibiting people to wear guns in town was a natural way of cutting back on people killing each other. It actually worked. There was less violence in town and the law enforcement officers worried less about being confronted with armed drunks, wife beaters, and other rowdy people. Now anyone with enough money to buy a gun can wear it around like the old west. Alabama has had open carry since 1901 by virtue of an Alabama Supreme Court decision: A man afoot on public property cannot be prevented from being armed. Though it was originally intended for long guns for the benefit of hunters it quickly morphed into any gun. So, we have gone from, “Every man above age 16 shall arm himself to whatever degree in life he is possible” (Statute of Winchester, 1285) To the banning of firearms in London (1829), to everybody needs to be carrying a gun (at least that is the intent). Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

  4. Paul Gallagher Reply

    February 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I just don’t understand you Yanks. I recall the day when we looked up to America and a lot of people wanted to live there. Those days are gone now; long gone. It began with George Bush. We figured that any country who could elect a bleeder like that wasn’t worth our time and trust me we’ve had our share of bleeders. Then it was your cowboy ways. No one wants to live in America any more, and not too many want to visit. Too many bloody guns you know and too many nutters running for president. What happened to you America?

  5. Glenn Geist Reply

    February 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Mo one wants to live in America any more? Is that called hyperbole? I could call it something else, but we Americans are notoriously too polite to use words like bullshit. There are currently 41 million immigrants in the US and we take in over a million legal immigrants every year. Far more come in illegally, even Canadians. Everyone wants to live in America, even the Canadians.

    As I mentioned, you can live a long life in the US and never know anyone who was shot, or see anyone carrying a gun openly other than a cop unless you’re a hunter or you go to shooting ranges.

    As I mentioned you can’t have a reasonable, factual or dispassionate argument about guns. No one will refrain from presenting things in some grotesque, overstated way because being absolutely right means the truth doesn’t matter, quod erat demonstrandum.

    Perhaps you missed the observation that so many states have had legal open carry laws and you won’t see anyone doing it. You will see a lot of Englishmen around these parts though, out in the noonday sun.

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