|Gun fanatic James Yeager|
For the most part, the gun-owning-public is a safe bunch using and maintaining their guns properly and are a credit to this lifestyle. However, in my mind at least, this does not include the cowboys with concealed carry permits that take their firearms out on the street to protect the citizenry of this country. I don’t care if it is legal—it shouldn’t be—probably none of this group is fully trained as in law enforcement and some have no training at all. Like in Arizona where all it takes to buy a gun is a warm body. And there are several other states nationwide that do not require training to purchase a gun.
So that’s my soapbox on the concealed carry permit for the day, but there’s more to this story. It is my way of illustrating the need for more control in the purchasing of firearms, particularly in the training the new gun owner should undergo. In addition, a written and hands-on test should be given at the end and if the person doesn’t pass, he or she loses their gun until they do. This should be retroactive to include all current gun owners, an unfortunate demand on states, but certainly worth the effort. Gun owners will scream but it is the only way to insure responsible gun ownership.
And this need becomes so evident on a daily basis through the bizarre things that take place in relation to people and firearms.
As an example, a mother in New York added some interesting items to her 7-year-old kid’s lunch in his backpack. Along with a peanut butter sandwich, she placed a flare gun, a 22-caliber pistol, a loaded magazine, and 14 extra bullets, just in case. The mother, Deborah Farley, said she had been out walking the streets of Queens earlier in the week when she had placed the guns in her son’s backpack, forgetting to take them out. She was arrested for child endangerment and criminal possession of an unregistered firearm. Police also found marijuana in her home. So where did she get the gun?
And then those who are so eager to protect all of us by packing heat on the streets, can’t even participate in a rally for the support of gun rights without accidentally injuring themselves and others around them with their firearms.
In Raleigh, NC, at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, Gary Lynn Wilson had brought his 12-gauge shotgun to the event to sell to a private buyer; it discharged when being inspected at the entrance to the show. Three people were injured. The show shut down early.
Emory L. Cozee was loading his 45-caliber semi-automatic when he shot himself in the hand at the Indy 500 Gun and Knife Show. What is interesting is that loaded personal weapons aren’t allowed inside the show.
Then in Ohio, a gun dealer was checking a semi-automatic handgun he had purchased when he accidentally pulled the trigger injuring his friend when the bullet ricocheted off the floor hitting him in the arm and the leg.
Now, I am certainly no expert on firearms but common sense does ring through loudly in all the above cases. Shouldn’t Wilson have emptied the shotgun of all ammunition before even packing it up to bring to the show? Shouldn’t Cozee have known loaded weapons were not allowed in the show and removed the rounds from his 45? And shouldn’t the Ohio gun dealer have had the proper firearms training and known to be more careful in the handling of his weapon in public? This is exactly why I worry about these gunslingers walking the streets with guns many have no idea how to use.
And then the ultimate example. James Yeager, a wacko from Tennessee who is the CEO of Tactical Response, a firearms and tactical training company, said he would start killing people if further gun control policies are passed. It was in a video posted on You Tube and Facebook, later revised to take out the killing part. The Tenn. Dept. of Safety has now suspended Yeager’s handgun carry permit. He was called irresponsible, dangerous, and deserving immediate attention by the Dept. Commissioner. If ever there was a case of a disturbed individual with a firearm, Mr. Yeager fits the bill.
But all of the above no doubt continue to walk around with their weapons, except for Yeager, who probably still maintains an arsenal at his business and home. Equally as wacky as Yeager, the head of the National Rifle Assn. (NRA), Wayne LaPierre, has instilled the kind of absolutist mentality in some gun owners, the gun nuts, that produces the fanatical reactions to any kind of gun control as evidenced by Yeager. Another fanatic that comes to mind is Larry Pratt, exec. Dir. Of Gun Owners of America, a group known to be even more radical on gun rights than the NRA.
The time for gun control has definitely arrived.