Like most non-Americans, I just don’t get that nation’s obsession with guns. As someone who grew up in a rural area, guns were treated as tools for protection of farm animals–gotta keep the foxes out of the henhouses and rabid animals aren’t much fun–and for hunting. And yes, my relatives who hunted always ate what they killed. Me? I’ve never owned a gun of my own, but I got pretty good with a .22 shooting cans and bottles at my grandparents’ farm.
In ‘Murica, though, it’s almost a civil responsibility to own multiple firearms and to be able to take them wherever you wish. Take this guy who took an AR-15 assault rifle through the Atlanta airport in full view of everyone. Why? Because he could. It’s a legal weapon and Georgia is an open-carry state. There was nothing against the law about this guy carrying this gun through the busiest airport in the world. And he wasn’t even travelling anywhere. He was just making a point. Sorry, but I find that extremely weird in a highly provocative way.
Now let’s head north to Tennessee. This surprised me, but in retrospect, it shouldn’t have. A state representative has introduced a new bill that would allow public concert venues to ban guns at live events.
Think about that for a second. In Tennessee, you can legally carry a gun to a concert because…well, it’s your Second Amendment right. Yes, concerts are often environment with raised emotions. Yes, I believe they serve alcohol at concerts (not to mention the drinking that goes on in the parking lot). And yes, I’m pretty sure there’s a little bit of drug use at concerts. Why would anyone think that taking a gun to a gig is a good idea?
Yet there’s a loophole. Because of the way the laws are written, it would only be possible to enforce this law in venues owned by the county or the city. Private bars, nightclubs and concert venues would be 100% exempt.
I just don’t get it.