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Isthmus Editorial by V.O. - Same Issue as Auric Gold Article - with {my commentary}


Regular Member
Jun 11, 2006
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{I removed my comments because I felt they were a distraction.}

Arms and the man
Imagine you’re sitting in a west-side eatery and a half-dozen guys come in sporting iron on their hips. By this I mean they are carrying guns holstered at their sides. They mill about and talk a little too loud, wanting to be noticed. Do you make eye contact? Do you wonder what these guys want and if you are in danger? Now go read staff writer Joe Tarr’s report “Locked and Loaded,” our cover story for this week.

Tarr delves into just what these guys want when he interviews Auric Gold (Why do I hear the theme from Goldfinger in my head when I hear that name?), a carrying member of the Second Amendment support committee. It is the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that is cited as the enabling legislation that allows those half-dozen guys to disturb your lunch with their public display of armament.

It is presumed to be a given that the next, Republican-controlled, state legislature will enact some sort of concealed-carry law and the Republican governor will not veto it. Tarr, like the rest of us, wondered what those open-carry guys wanted and he gets his answer, at least the answer proffered by Gold. And, you know, Gold sounds reasonable. Let’s hope he and others who feel they are protecting the Tree of Liberty stay that way.

Ironically, should the get their wish and the state adopts a concealed-carry provision, these patriots will no longer have a reason to carry weapons openly. Then, you might think, the only ones doing it will be the truly paranoid or otherwise mentally unstable. One thing for sure – let a few folks go nutso or a couple of gunfights erupt in a bar and you will see a rapid change in the public attitude towards weapons, concealed or open, and soon after laws would be changed.
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