Tampa’s tbo.com offers a post-mortem analysis of the Florida legislature’s initial failure to “allow people without concealed weapon permits to carry guns during forced evacuations prompted by emergencies, such as hurricanes.” The piece provides insight into the NRA’s behind-the-scenes lobbying (a.k.a., arm-twisting) and Governor Rick Scott’s suspected role in torpedoing the bill. Second Amendment absolutists will shake their heads and assert that no one should have to have a permit to carry a gun at any time ever. Which raises an important question: why would you want to limit Americans’ carry rights during an emergency? Here’s the “argument” that [allegedly] held the bill up . . .
Terrence Gorman, general counsel for the Department of Military Affairs, testified March 19 that it was a bad idea to allow untrained people to have weapons during such stressful times.
“Untrained.” There it is again. Still. The idea that average American gun owners aren’t competent enough to carry a gun. They need to be trained to be safe – especially under “stress.” But they aren’t trained. Not really. Not like the pros. And God knows what these armed amateurs might do if the rule of law broke down during an emergency (e.g., a forced evacuation during a hurricane). Why they might, I dunno, defend themselves!
No, that’s not it. Obviously. Who could argue against law-abiding citizens protecting themselves and their loved ones against lawless predators emboldened by the absence of professional law enforcement during an emergency? Maybe the antis reckon that exigent circumstances would turn these armed Americans against unarmed Americans. You know; to get food or shelter for their family or something.
I think we’re onto something here . . .
Proponents of civilian disarmament are deeply cynical human beings. They believe that people are fundamentally irrational, uncontrollable animals. (See: psychological projection.) The civility we show towards our fellow man? It’s purely situational. If people are pushed too hard, too far and/or too fast, any of us can become amoral killers. It’s up to the authorities to maintain order and discipline, to stop that from happening. To do that, it’s way better if the
sheep people are disarmed.
Truth be told, that’s the gun control advocates’ secret fear: armed civilians “interfering” with government forces during a crisis. If armed government reps order a large group of unarmed people to shelter in a crowded, disease- and criminal-infested football stadium, for example, what choice do they have? None. They are powerless. Which is exactly how Terrence Gorman, general counsel for the Department of Military Affairs wants it. For the general public’s own good.
This “extreme” example illustrates the gun control advocates’ everyday reality. They consider armed Americans obstinate SOBs; citizens who resist the state’s efforts to do what’s best for them, clinging to a misguided belief in individual liberty and choice, even when it’s “obvious” that society needs them to shut up and do what they’re told. In the gun control advocate’s mind, the fight over guns is a battle between “selfish” gun owners and “selfless” progressives (i.e. statists). As the Florida emergency carry bill (or lack thereof) proves, they’re right.