Gun Owners Need To Think Twice When Reintroducing the Sheeple to Guns
Indianapolis, IN –-(Ammoland.com)- I feel compelled to explain my opinion on what has happened here in Evansville at the Mesker Zoo where a gentleman made the news because he was carrying a firearm openly.
It has created quite a lot of interest. In fact one of the local TV stations came to my house to do an interview on Monday. There are some things that need to be considered.
All of you know my position on promoting our Constitutional rights, but this is no game. Reason will tell us that with the mindset of our current society, which is afraid of their own shadow, anyone seeing someone with a pistol on their hip in a setting like a zoo or city park is going to definitely get the 911 lines lit up.
It’s my hope that we can de-program our society to think no more about a citizen carrying openly than they would someone in a uniform and a badge, but we’re a long way from that right now.
There is a method and a strategy on how to accomplish this, but, this is certainly not the way.
This past session we made some phenomenal accomplishments in Indiana. There was several pro gun bills that became law. The carry to the workplace clean up bill by our good friend Sen. Johnny Nugent, Sen. Holdman’s bill that allows folks to buy long guns beyond our Indiana border states, Sen. Steele’s bill that allows people to carry long guns loaded on off road vehicles.
Then we had the two that I got passed; the law that now allows our citizens to transport a handgun in a vehicle without a license and the one that is at the heart of what we’re dealing with now, SB 292 which not only de-clawed local government from regulating firearms, ammunition and accessories, but it also took their teeth out.
Those battles were hard fought. I know most folks were not up at the Statehouse during those 4 months to witness the debates and attacks on those of us who were pushing these bills through, but those wins did not come easily. There was a lot of money and power pushing back.
There were meetings, I won’t say clandestine but some of them did take place in late hours, to weaken SB 292. I was never invited to those meetings, but I know they took place. Nevertheless we succeeded, but keep in mind there were many in both the Senate and House that opposed us and they are still licking their wounds.
There are suggestions by some to try to revisit SB 292 and water it down this next session. We have a lot of folks who are now enjoying the efforts by those legislators who stood their grounds against all odds and pulled off a win. I know many of you were involved in writing and calling your particular legislators to support the effort, but we have a lot of folks who never lifted a finger to make a call, write or e-mail and certainly did not attend a meeting to see what was unfolding and how they could assist.
But now, here we have folks who are planning on going to our local zoo and city parks to stage an “open carry party.” This is no game. Do they have any idea of how quickly they can unravel hard work, late nights and early mornings, I mean early, in getting SB 292 passed? Where were they when we needed them to call and come to our meetings? They were too busy, they had parties to go to, movies to see, ball games to attend and dinner dates.
If I sound a little irritated, that’s not so. I’m a lot irritated. To go out and see how much public support you can eradicate with some school yard prank does not set well with me and all the other folks who applied themselves.
Margie and I just got home after two days up in Indy. Yesterday I had a senator and good friend who supported me in SB 292 even though he was getting worked over in his district for it asked me if we shouldn’t pass a bill prohibiting open carry. He told me he would vote for one if it was offered.
This is one of our guys. What do you think the ones who were against us are thinking???
I doubt whether this letter will fall in front of the eyes of those who really need to read it, but I can only hope. If anyone wants to know how we can really establish an atmosphere like we once had in this country where people didn’t run from their own shadow and folks could carry openly without someone calling in an air strike, try to attend our Patriot meeting this Saturday. I think the fellow who made the news at the zoo may also be there.
On the Barnes case, as you may know, the Indiana Supreme Court reaffirmed their decision. However, there will be measure taken in the legislature to correct this controversy. There will be more information on this later.
Remember that Congressman Buschon and GOP Mayoral candidate Lloyd Wineke will be at our meeting.
Bring what you want for our meal if you will please. Thank you,
Jim and Margie
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