Yesterday I got another anonymous threat posted as a comment to this blog, this time threatening to hunt me down at home. Yawn. This dufus didn't even know what city I live in. To Mr. Anonymous, please note that, like all comments sent to me, I now have your IP address. This is yet another example to me that people who spend their time and mental energy preparing themselves to kill people are all too often only a shade away from being criminals themselves.
The pro-gun crowd likes to pretend that only hardened criminals and gangbangers are shooting up our communities, insisting that those who have concealed weapons permits don't murder people. They portray themselves as absolutely law-abiding, patriotic, and only interested in self-protection.
And yet, all the time, I see reports of previously law-abiding gun owners who commit gun-related crimes, including murder, with those guns they supposedly purchased for self protection. This includes concealed carry permit holders.
According to the Violence Policy Center, more than 100 people have been killed by holders of handgun-carry permits since 2007, including nine law enforcement officers. "They shoot each other over parking spaces, at football games and at family events," says the center's Kristin Rand. "The idea that you're making any place safer by injecting more guns is just completely contradicted by the facts."
arrested this week for driving drunk while carrying a loaded handgun in his car. This is particularly interesting since Todd was the sponsor of a bill to allow concealed carry guns in bars in Tennessee. He swore that those who have concealed firearms would never be the sort to get drunk while carrying. 'Cuz, you know, people wouldn't drink in bars! What could possibly go wrong when you combine guns and alcohol in bars?
Adam Dread, a Nashville attorney who formed a coalition to fight Todd on the law, called the arrest "poetic justice."
"He spent all his time arguing that as a permit holder that we don't violate the law, we're responsible and of course we would never drink when we had our guns, and then be arrested for the very thing that he was out there clamoring about is a little bit of poetic justice if you will," Dread said in an interview on NewsChannel5.com.
And, gee, wouldn't you know that Todd is also the chairman of the newly-formed House Firearms Taskforce? He promptly resigned from that position. Apparently the taskforce has now been cancelled. Hmm.
"This is only the latest example of the dangers of guns carried in public and underscores the futility of trying to predict who will act responsibly and who will ultimately endanger public safety,” says Kristen Rand of the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center.
If one of the heroes of the pro-gun movement can't keep himself clean of gun crimes, what does it say for the others?
Image taken from HERE.