“A Senate subcommittee passed a bill to thunderous applause Wednesday that would allow people to carry guns in public in South Carolina without a concealed weapons permit,” lohud.com reports. Like many in law enforcement, Charleston Police Capt. Brian Ambrose is SO against the idea of open carry, constitutional carry or open constitutional carry. Capt. Ambrose worries “it will make officers’ jobs harder because they will have to wait for someone openly holding a gun to commit a crime before they can confront them.” How about that? Speaking on behalf of the South Carolina chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, Former State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart showed an equal understanding of the document he’d sworn to defend. Apparently, “there are more rights in the constitution than just the right to bear arms . . . ”
“You also have a constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness whether you carry a gun or not carry a gun.”
What was that about it being better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool? Anyway, good luck to them, ’cause I reckon Open Carry is the way forward for American gun rights.
It’s the reverse of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s doomed effort to force cigarette retailers to hide their product. You can’t ignore gun rights if there they are, gun-shaped, right in front of you. Until or unless you can. Which is just how it should be.