A few days ago, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law that will allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms into bars and other places where alcohol is served. Now, at the risk of irritating my gun owning friends, I have to ask, how dumb is that? What could possibly go wrong?
Before you start flaming me, let me say that I support the right of citizens to carry a gun for self-defense. I am a lifelong gun owner, I have not one, but two concealed weapons permits from two different states, and I think of my handgun much like my MasterCard; I don’t leave home without it. I made that mistake a couple of years ago, if you will recall, and came home to find a burglar inside my motorhome, pointing my gun at me!
However, the Second Amendment aside, I just don’t think people have any business carrying a gun into a bar. The two most basic rules of firearms safety I know are 1) Assume every gun is loaded, and treat it as such, and 2) Guns and alcohol don’t mix. Ever!
I don’t care how well trained you are, or think you are. (And by the way, most of us are not as well trained as we believe we are.) I don’t care how much you argue that you have a right to be armed, it’s just poor judgment to go drinking with a gun. There have been many cases in the news where armed off duty cops did stupid things while out drinking. And even if you just quietly sit at the bar and mind your own business, what do you know about the guy sitting next to you. How sensible is he?
Alcohol impairs our thoughts and judgment, and I believe a gun in the possession of an impaired person is just as dangerous as a car with an impaired person at the wheel. If you are going to a bar where you think there might be the kind of trouble where you would need a gun, stay the hell away from the place!
Somebody argued that even if you are not drinking, some guy who is drunk might start something that would have you wishing you were armed. Again, if you’re not in a place where drunks are getting rowdy, you won’t need the gun. Stay the hell away from the place! The best way to handle a dangerous situation is to not put yourself in it in the first place.
The most effective weapon any of us has is our brain. Use it, and don’t go into a place armed where people are drinking and may get rowdy.
Carry your gun to the shopping mall. Carry it to a restaurant. Carry it to church if it makes you feel more comfortable. But do not carry a gun into a bar! End of story.
Okay, let the flaming begin!