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Fitzsimon: A 'more guns' attitude

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More hidden and loaded guns in more places, including bars, restaurants, college campuses and city greenways — that appears to be the General Assembly’s response to the national tragedy in Newtown and the public outcry to do something to prevent more gun violence.

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday to allow more guns in areas where families gather and they did it by listening only to the lobbyists for gun groups who clearly helped craft the wrong-headed and dangerous legislation.

The committee voted to expand places where people can bring their loaded and hidden handguns not only over the protests of gun violence prevention groups, but also over the objections of officials from private colleges and universities, local governments, and even law enforcement agencies.

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Fitzsimon misrepresents the bill...

Servers can't ask if patrons are armed? Really Fitzsimon? We both know that not forcing servers to act as police isn't the same as prohibiting them from asking. They can ask patrons anything they want - because of the First Amendment. What Fitzsimon is trying to hide is that this amendment is intended to be a poison pill to force the NC Restaurant Association to oppose the bill, which they don't in its current form. No, Mr. Fitzsimon, Americans have a constituionally-protected RIGHT to bear arms. The more we are able to do this, the less we have to fear from the violent criminals you seem to be working so hard to protect. Carry in bars has already been legal in surrounding states like TN, OH, and VA for years. The "toxic mix" of "whisky and guns" hasn't proven to be toxic at all. In fact, bar crime decreased over 5% in the first year VA permitted bar carry. So spare us your emotional arguments and twisted facts. We're tired of them, and of being insulted for meeting our obligation to defend ourselves and our families.

Chris Fitzsimon

Chris has an agenda, and is paid to write this garbage. This is going to continue, because the liberals have what they see is an open opportunity to ban firearms. And President Obama is their pal, using his bully pulpit to fan emotion. Why else would he allow a Newtown mom to give his mid-April weekly address? I know of no other President who has done this. Anti-gun folks don't like it, but their "anti gun" meccas are a miserable failure. Detroit, Compton, Camden and Chicago all have strict gun laws, yet are violent, decaying cities with high unemployment and numerous abandoned homes and/or factories. New York City is an exception, but only because Bloomberg circumvents The Contitution with stop-and-frisk tactics, an advanced video surveillance system, and other Draconian crime prevention measures. Heck, he even wants to eliminate large containers of soda pop! NYC residents are subjects of a police state; they are not citizens. Bottom line: I plan on staying armed and free, and the majority of US Citizens are like me. If Chris wants no guns, he's free to move to any of the gun ban cities. I'll pay for the bus ticket.

equal

a firearm in someone's trained hand puts Grandma on equal footing with a thug. you quote "More hidden and loaded guns in more places, including bars, restaurants, college campuses and city greenways — that appears to be the General Assembly’s response to the national tragedy in Newtown and the public outcry to do something to prevent more gun violence." has not having More hidden and loaded guns in more places, including bars, restaurants, college campuses and city greenways prevented crime? Where are you stats to back this up? "Steinburg pointed out that car break-ins are common in university areas and that it made sense to make the guns less accessible to thieves." wait, isn't that already against the law? maybe to prevent car break-ins in university ares is to prevent cars from being in such locations? "Most of the debate focused on the startling provision to allow people to carry their hidden and loaded handguns into bars and restaurants where alcohol is served. The committee defeated amendments to delete that provision from the bill altogether as well as one from Rep. Darrin Jackson to require servers to ask people if they are carrying a weapon before bringing them a drink, since people carrying concealed weapons aren’t supposed to consume alcohol." since it is against the law to have alcohol in your system if carrying concealed, why do we have to have another law. is the first law being broken on a regular basis? you want bartenders to serve the job as law enforcement? as to parks, a lot of cities changed the wording from calling certain areas parks to recreational facilities. oh and in greenville two days after the change, someone was killed in a park. you mention Newtown, please enlighten everyone and tell what law could have prevented what happened, he killed him mother, already against the law, stole her firearms, already against the law, and murdered people, already against the law. Please oh enlightened one, tell us poor masses what law you would write that would prevent any crime.

I disagree

"Steinburg pointed out that car break-ins are common in university areas and that it made sense to make the guns less accessible to thieves." It would make more sense to arrest and lock up the thieves that are breaking into cars and stealing the guns. Once again, another example of trying to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens because it's easier than going after the criminals.

Nightrain

I agree 100%. I never could understand why our rights are eliminated when the criminal's rights seem to be limitless. Case in point: The Boston Marathon bombers. Everyone is trying to find out why he did it, which school caused him to learn his evil ways, how his mom raised him, what Kool-Aid did he drink, etc. How about reccognizing the simple fact that some people are evil? The WW2 generation is almost gone, but the remainder who are living are mostly laughing at us. They recognized evil when they saw it (Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini....), and they eliminated it. My generation would be busy implying that Hitler was evil because his daddy didn't buy him a tricycle when he was a toddler.....

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