A bill passed the legislature this session, that sadly shouldn’t even need to be passed, but alas, we must tell the government where it’s boundaries lie, over and over again.
This bill now sits on the Governor’s desk waiting for a signature, or a veto. I have personally called the Governor’s office asking him to sign the bill, but I have heard a few arguments as to why the state government should require a license to carry a firearm concealed. I would like to show you the fallacies of the argument that the government needs to be involved.
A great guy and good conservative sent me an email stating that while he supports the 2nd amendment, feels that
“…all gun owners need to get a license just as for driving a car. There needs to be a test passed to show you know how to handle a gun safely just like a car. I think the NRA should provide the training and administer the test for a fee. Then the government would issue the license.”
I really respect other people’s opinions, and I do not fault my friend for his views, however, I want to point out some things, that maybe he hadn’t thought about to the blogosphere, since others may feel the same way, and hadn’t thought about some of these things before.
Driving a car and carrying a gun are not the same at all. Do I agree that every responsible gun owner should take a class or two (or ten) on gun safety and gun use? Of course. That just seems like common sense. I would never let my teenager just jump behind the wheel of a car without teaching her how to drive, just as I would never allow my child to handle a gun without proper instruction. But that is about where the similarities end. Truthfully, I don’t even think a driver’s license should be necessary, but let’s save that for another day. Let’s just pretend that I do believe a driver’s license is necessary for today’s example.
Driving a car is a privilege. While you can argue that driving may help you “pursue your happiness”, it does not have the “right to life” attached to it. On the other hand, your right to life, is enabled by your ability to protect yourself. This is a right, and not a privilege. This is fundamental to our living in a free, civilized society. And this right does not come from government, so one cannot be granted that right by government.
Some friends of mine have land up in the mountains. They keep their animals up there. Every day their two young daughters travel by four-wheeler up the mountain to feed the animals. They have chickens and goats, and a few other small animals. This mountain country, especially in the winter has been known for cougars. These girls have the RIGHT, to protect themselves, and should carry a gun with them each time they travel there. Responsible parents, have taught these two daughters how to shoot and handle guns. Yes, they are dangerous if used improperly, but it is much more dangerous to leave them unarmed. They are prepared in case there is any danger. Should they have to get a permit and be 18 years old to protect themselves?
Guns are a part of our heritage. While society isn’t like it was in the days of the wild west, we still have dangers all around us. Our society will actually be safer if we are armed. I feel safer when I see someone carrying a sidearm in public. I know they understand their responsibility as a member of society to only use it when real danger exists, and I know they would use it if necessary, or they wouldn’t be carrying it.
I met a girl the other day at my Republican Women’s meeting. She is a rape victim. She now always carries a gun. She was attacked again, and she grabbed her gun. Her would-be attacker said, “Wrong (expletive) girl.” She replied, “You got that right.” Should she have to go to a class or pay a fee and get a license to have that right to protect herself? It’s called “The Bill of Rights” for a reason.
Utah does have open carry laws, but many people stare or are even scared if they see open carry as our gun culture, sadly, is slowly eroding. Being able to conceal carry, without the government sticking their hand in your wallet or putting you on a list, is a natural right. You have the right to life. You have the right to protect yourself and your family.
It is important that we re-engage the gun culture of our society. It is important that we not treat guns as something to fear, but as something that empowers us, and our communities. I live in a very rural area. Everyone has a gun. I love it.
I hope that Governor Herbert will do the right thing and sign this bill. I can see no reason why he would not. A free people, an armed people, have nothing to fear. So unless the Governor is afraid of us, he would sign it.
Freedom can win.