To Editor: Oppose "Open Carry"
Hang Up Your Guns…
Do you remember seeing the old western movies where the sheriff had people check-in their guns while in town? They did so because it seemed to create a safer and more civilized environment for all citizens.
Now we have legislators calling for “open carry” laws and even the right to carry guns in schools, day care centers, and on college campuses. This seems like a step backwards and in the wrong direction.
The SC House recently passed a bill to allow citizens to carry weapons in public. I do not understand the rationale of such a bill. How can we possibly be safer when everyone can carry a weapon? One day, someone may be saved by a person carrying a weapon but there is greater opportunity for misuse, accidents, and violence when everyone can carry a weapon.
As important as the Second Amendment is to Americans, we have to recognize that it was written in a different time period. We can respect the amendment and gun ownership without allowing everyone to carry a weapon in public.
It is ludicrous to think that we would be safer with everyone carrying a weapon. The idea of making silencers lawful is also ludicrous.
In the April 15 Greenville News, Greenville’s Chief Miller spoke out against the “open carry” legislation. It was reported that the SC Police Chiefs’ Association and the SC Sheriffs’ Association opposed such legislation. That should be reason enough to defeat the legislation.
We do need to address the level of violence and the fascination with guns in our country. We need to discourage the passage of any law that allows “open carry” in public places. Persons have the option of obtaining a concealed weapons permit if they wish to carry a weapon.
Our legislators need to think long and hard before passing laws that allow the carrying of guns to become common in our schools and public places. Several bills have been introduced.
We need to voice our opinions now to our legislators to stop the passage of “open carry” laws. I would hope our newspapers and public figures would also take a stand against “open carry” laws.
As a state, we have so many more issues that need our attention.
Henry Allen Simmons