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In Support of Portantino's Open Carry Rifle Ban

And why I wish everyone would keep their triggers at home

What do I find scary in Altadena?  Fast traffic on dark roads, power lines in a windstorm, the cello-packed seafood at Ralph’s.  Hot dry days when the mountains are full of brown and brittle brush -- yes, fire scares me.

But I’m not afraid of people; neighbors or strangers with whom I share the streets, parks, shops, gas stations.  Whatever personal safety questions cross my mind, owning a gun, much less carrying a gun, doesn’t offer much of an answer. I suppose I could shoot the Ralph’s salmon, but for heaven’s sakes, it’s been dead far too long already.

Anthony Portantino has to ban the open-carry of rifles in public. This seems like such a reasonable bill, such a no-brainer, I’ve been nonplussed by the sturm and drang emanating from the gun advocate corner.  I wonder about all these folks who are afraid to leave the house unescorted, without a lethal weapon by their side. I wonder what extra baggage, besides that rifle and ammo clip, they might be carrying.  Murder doesn’t even make the top 10 causes of death in the US. In fact, murder at the hand of another doesn’t even beat suicide, and neither comes close to death by accident and death by disease.

With all the noise and obfuscation, it might have escaped notice that the proposed bill has absolutely no impact on one’s ability to keep a firearm in the privacy of one’s own home. 

Correct me if I’m wrong (just don’t do it in all caps), but it’s pretty darned easy to buy a firearm for the home.  You don’t have to prove much of anything, other than citizenship or thereabouts, and enough good sense or good luck to have kept your nose clean, legally speaking.  Other than that, you don’t need any special training, just the ability to cool your heels for a brief period until the permit arrives in the mail.

As far as I can tell, there’s not even a minimum vision requirement.

But some gun advocates feel their rights are in danger if they’re not able to flash their guns and ammo in public. Well, this member of the public feels her rights are very much in danger if they’re able to do so. And not just because of the intimidation factor. There is no guarantee that whoever carries a gun has any sense of aim, any sense of how of when to use a lethal weapon, or any sense, period.

Much as some folks would like to believe we’re all still living on the OK Corral, we’re not.  Things have changed, and the hands on the clock are no longer stuck at high noon.

I was about to say I’d continue to fight against concealed weapons and open carry, but then, I haven’t really been fighting it. I just do what takes the least amount of effort and cast a vote for any politician who agrees with me; who agrees it’s for the greater good if Trigger stays home at the stable.

If you’re really concerned about personal safety, stop smoking and texting while driving. And here’s a cheap fix: buy some plastic appliqués. In the U.S., the odds of death by an accidental fall are far, far greater than the odds of losing your life at the hands of another human being. So keep an eye on that most slippery of characters--your bathtub, as you step in and step out. Don't trust it for a second.

Natalie February 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
You got it, Lisa. I don't feel at all scared in the wilderness, and have never ever been threatened. Never thought I'd be more courageous than these male wimps who have to carry a weapon because they're so scared of strangers and animals.
Revvell February 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Funny how when people are being ignorant they think they are courageous. There are MANY women who've been out running, thinking everything is o.k. until they are grabbed, raped and killed. Were they courageous or ignorant? Here in Altadena, a woman was near Blockbuster, grabbed and molested. Unarmed. Courageous or ignorant? I can't legally carry a gun here on the streets but I CAN carry pepper spray and I do. I never leave home without it ~ AND, I don't carry it in the bottom of my purse (that would be as ignorant and carrying an unloaded gun), I carry it in my hand. Am I courageous? Well, I'm not ignorant enough to think that because I "think" nothing will happen, it doesn't mean it wont. I've heard too many stories of people and/or their pets being mauled by other dogs. I've heard too many stories of people (women) being grabbed, raped, beaten. I AM courageous and I'm not ignorant and I am a woman and I support EVERYONE owning a gun or at the very least (as one of my students just did), learn how to use one.
Jarhead1982 February 02, 2012 at 07:17 PM
So what your saying Natalie is that your the spitting image of a 6' 5" 400 lbs of 1970's Communist East German Womens shot putter all roided out. Yeah, we can see how you wouldnt be afraid of anything much less ever assaulted as animals as big and tough as Grizzlies are smart enough to know when they are outclassed. Ever hear the tale of the old man pulled over by the police officer. Officer: You wouldnt be carrying any weapons Old Man: Why yes officer, I have my .38 spcl along with my permit Officer: You dont have any other weapons do you Old Man: Why yes, I have my .45 colt and 30-30 lever action rifle in the trunk as well Officer: Uh what are you afraid of sir Old Man: Not one damn thing But hey, you dont buy or have life, car, home, or medical insurance because on your irrelevant beliefs, to be prepared for the worst case scenario is insane! Come back when you have more to offer than emotionally useless drivel.
Baird Tarr February 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I'd like to throw down a challenge to Karin and Dan. How about some real investigatvie journalism? Why don't you research your local Sheriff's policy on granting Concealed Carry Permits? It should be all a matter of public records. Is your local sheriff honest and have a clear, CONSISTANT policy where an average joe can obtain a permit? Or, is there a back room kind of 'Good Old Boys' club that rewards major campagin contributors? The issue of open carry is a protest about corruption as practiced by our elected officials. Consider this a fat, slow, pitch right down the center of the plate. Do you sit on it and wait for something better? Or do you take advantage of the offering?
Jim Cabernoch July 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
'Nuff said--"Leave the Second Amendment alone". There's a reason that it's there, no matter what the decade or century. Also--if I want to take my rifle to the range for some safe and controlled shooting, how would I get it to the car? Open carry has to be allowed for some occasions. Additionally, I don't believe that most folks that purchase rifles do so for home protection. The shooting community considers most of them to too powerful for use inside a home; a shotgun would be much better for that situation.

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