MCJ EDITORIAL: Enactment of state’s new Conceal-Carry law will have negative fallout for our communityNovember 10, 2011 // 0 Comments
Concealed carry is here!
Be afraid! Be very afraid!
We believe you—our readers and the majority of the community—know what we mean. The fear is that more and more of us will become literal victims of the state’s new law that allows Wisconsinites to carry a concealed weapon as long as they have a permit and training in the use of the weapon.
As if we need more guns on the streets…and more deaths! That’s what we predict.
We hope we’re wrong and citizens who take advantage of the conceal carry law (which went into effect November 1) will exercise restraint and recognize when a situation they come upon is life-threatening to them and/or their families before pulling their guns from their holsters.
Fortunately, many area businesses and government buildings are prohibiting guns in their establishments. It’s good to see there are individuals and institutions exercising common sense by not inviting a possible tragedy.
While we recognize the constitutional right to bear arms, we believe the state’s new law—and similar laws in place across the country—take the right to bear arms to troubling extremes. Wisconsin’s membership in this “exclusive club” demonstrates the wave of far Right extremism that has our state—and America—in a vice-like grip that has its foundation in fear.
Fear of what? The fear of individuals who don’t fit the pro-gun/conceal carrying Rights’ portrait of America, which is “God-fearing, law-abiding Americans (code for White, male-dominated, privileged “I want my country back!” Conservatism).
Though it’s law, we must still voice our objection to “Conceal Carry.” We believe this legislation legitimizes the “eye-for-an-eye” mentality that is behind its origins.
We prayerfully hope we’re not revisiting this issue six months from now decrying the law’s negative fallout, which means more blood shed, more tragedy, more loss of life and dreams in our community.
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