“I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one… I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.” — Karl T. Frederick, president of the NRA testifying before Congress in 1934.
Columnist Robert L. Cavnar is a reasonable gun owner, and he’s appalled at the kind of behavior done in the name of the Second Amendment.
The extreme side of the gun rights movement ought to take cues from Mr. Frederick, he writes. Those who believe that threats and intimidation are an appropriate response to citizens frightened by gun-toting demonstrators need to reconsider what’s really going on here.
The group Open Carry Texas, for example, “believe[s] in a non-historic interpretation of the Second Amendment that says the right to bear arms means any weapon, any place, anytime, by anybody for any purpose. Training, location, mental health or criminal record, in the minds of these advocates, is irrelevant. The only thing that matters to them is that they want the right to carry any weapon they care to regardless of social norms or common sense. Civility and common courtesy also play no role in their behavior.”
“The notion of openly toting load weapons in public is radical, if not stupid. There’s no objective reason for it, and the Second Amendment is no weaker without it […] Gun deaths will certainly go up because more guns equal more death, all the time, every time, especially with a lack of background checks and training,” writes Cavnar.
We at CeaseFirePennsylvania stand with sensible gun owners like Mr. Cavnar, and together, we will continue to work to increase commonsense measures that protect the public.