The headline at cleveland.com: “State numbers show majority of concealed-carry permit holders comply with gun laws“. Question: is that good enough for gun control advocates? Well of course not. In the same sense that it’s OK to enact a law if ONE PERSON is saved from gun violence, if ONE PERSON who has a concealed carry permit goes off the reservation, it’s proof that private citizens shouldn’t walk around with a pistol in their pocket. Something must be done! “Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, said her group wants permit holders to apply for licenses every year and receive anger management courses and advanced training.” C’mon. Are you fucking KIDDING ME? In case you were wondering, a deadly shootout in a Cleveland parking garage sparked the debate . . .
“You don’t shoot people over a parking space,” Hoover said. “What we have seen in Ohio and other places is that when you have easy access to a weapon and stressors occur, whether it be an altercation or a person who feels in danger, they make judgments about where to use the gun, and this sort of thing can happen. This is why we objected to the [concealed carry] law in the first place.”
Because you can’t be trusted with a gun. Or can you?
Statewide, [Ohio] county sheriff’s agencies issued more than 56,691 concealed-carry permits last year. Less than 2 percent of those license holders had their rights revoked for committing a crime.
In absolute terms, that’s a not inconsiderable 133.82 concealed carry permit holders. Is that stat a sign that the system’s working or failing? Yes. It seems the sherrifs are on the good thing side of the fence.
“We’re normally not worried about people who own guns legally and come to us for a permit; it’s the people who have guns illegally,” said Lt. Donald Michalosky, who oversees the department at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office that deals with carrying concealed weapons . . . “It’s not like a points system when you get a driver’s license,” Michalosky said. “Once we see an arrest, we are diligent about suspending the permit.”
Normally? What about abnormally?
Lt. Michalosky is politically astute enough to leave himself a little wiggle room, should a concealed carry permit holder go and blow it all and do something stupid like a spree killing. Which would be another reason why Ohioans would want to carry a gun. See how that works?
The problem here: neither side of the argument wants to admit that there’s going to be collateral damage no matter which way you play it.
The pro-concealed carry crowd would have you believe that all permit holders are Jimmy Stewart-quality citizens, standing up for what’s right and true and good. The anti-concealed carry folks would have you believe that all permit holders are Travis Bickles, a parking space fight away from a firearms frenzy.
The truth lies somewhere in the middle. It’s a messy place, but there it is. Sometimes the status should remain quo.