I am tired of the infantile tantrums of Utah’s elected leaders, their reduction of every issue to a tweetable one-liner that implies they are engaged in the final battle of good and evil, and their self-justification as the sole comprehenders and defenders of the Constitution.
Gun regulation is, of course, the flavor of the day. While I can understand not everyone supports all of President Obama’s proposals (I don’t), certainly reasonable people support some of them. Background checks for purchasers are a good thing and the gun show loophole should have been closed long ago.
Utah’s open carry laws were recently in the spotlight. There is no logical reason for urban/suburban open carry and nobody sane would do it. The headline of the OpenCarry.org website reads “a right unexercised is a right lost” and gives advice on what to do if the police stop you. Do these people seriously feel they have the right to induce mass panic as a matter of principle?
This last summer, shooters by Utah Lake nearly took out a class of kids on a field trip. Those individuals should have been cited. Anybody with gun safety training (or common sense) knows you do not blam-blam away when you can’t see where the bullets are going. Governor Herbert took action only after shooters in that area started an expensive fire. I do not consider that to be responsible or morally strong.