In Part 1 of this series, I commented on how gun rights advocates had amassed so much power under the 2nd Amendment, and their constant whining over their rights under its protection. But even with an improvement in gun violence, there are daily reports in the media about shootings using handguns, with the responsibility clearly on the 2nd Amendment’s interpretation that allows states like Arizona to pass ridiculous weapons laws.
As an example, in Arizona you need no permit to purchase a handgun, nor do you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. No background check in some cases, no gun education classes, just walk in and buy whatever you want and walk out the door. You might choose a handgun like Jared Loughner used in his Tucson massacre, a Glock 19 with a high capacity gun clip. It’s all available throughout the state of Arizona, and you can even carry a gun in a bar if you don’t drink.
Texas requires no permit to buy a handgun, but at least they had the sense to place some provisions on concealed carry. A background check is required and the person must attend classes on firearms education. They were one of the states, along with Arizona, to reject a guns on campus bill. In Texas a person can carry a concealed, loaded weapon without a permit while heading to their car.
In comparison, more reasonable states with rational gun laws like California, Illinois and New York make Arizona and Texas look like what they are. The untamed, backward old west. More on this later.