It is all done in the name of Public Safety. That is why elite white males get to have guns for self-defense and you don’t. We saw the data in California where the racial and sexual bigotry was obvious. Now, civil rights lawyer Dwight Pettit asks some tough questions about concealed carry permits in Maryland…and by extension, about who is allowed to carry a gun in the other may-issue states like New Jersey and New York. The political corruption is obvious, and the excuses are as thin as those coming from Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. It is socially and politically acceptable to disarm women and minorities.
Most states either don’t require carry permits, or they issue permits to carry a concealed weapon in public on a “shall issue” basis. Shall-issue means you’re issued a permit unless you have a criminal record that makes you a prohibited person. In contrast, “may issue” states leave that decision to the discretion of bureaucrats and politicians. When given that power, the temptation for bigotry is evidently irresistible. There is always an excuse. These excuses cost lives.
Look at the victims of violent crime today. Women are a disproportionately large fraction of assault victims because criminals think they are easy prey. Minorities also make up a disproportionate number of crime victims. Because of this actual vulnerability, women and minorities should be more likely than white men to receive concealed carry permits. In fact, women and minorities are underrepresented as concealed carriers in may issue states.
The reason is obvious. Carry permits are issued as political spoils in may-issue states. Permits go to rich white men who have power rather than to the citizens with the greatest need. The excuses are endless, and public safety is the chief rationalization. We would never accept the excuse of academic safety to deny women entry into schools, or financial safety to deny blacks a home loan.
We have made progress in the last 50 years. We integrated our churches and our clubs…unless you’re a gun owner who carries for self-defense. Politicians say this modern discrimination is for public safety… even though concealed carry holders are more law abiding than the police. Disarming women and racial minorities is bigotry even though it is widespread and legally approved. I don’t believe that disarming the victims makes us all safer…even if it is socially fashionable.
The very politicians who claim to represent women are the same politicians who want women disarmed. Their claim of “public safety” goes unquestioned by mainstream journalists…which tells us a lot about the poor state of journalism today. When we read about the recent sexual scandals that embroil so many Democrat legislators, maybe the reason they want women disarmed is obvious. We read about the sexual abuse in Hollywood and the news room, and we understand why they want the victims disarmed.
A national concealed carry reciprocity bill is now in the Senate. Listen for the usual excuses as to why you should be disarmed.