When will America wise up about guns? They are not scary. They are a tool – like a hammer or a saw. You’ve heard the saying, the right tool for the right job. You wouldn’t use a gun to drive a nail into a board and thus you wouldn’t use a hammer to hunt or defend yourself. You could try but I’d rather not get that close to that which I’m hunting or an attacker and I’ve been trained.

Over the years more and more citizens have been conditioned to think guns are scary. Thus the “Gun Free Zone” was established. These days there are more and more “gun free zones” than ever.

Yet economist John Lott found that, “every public shooting since at least 1950 in the United States in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.” Bet you won’t hear that fun fact from the anti-gun lobby.

Now we hear Starbucks coffee shops will be gun free zones. I agree with them. They are a private business and should have the freedom to invoke such a policy.

What bothers me is those on the right complaining about it. Not regarding Starbucks specifically – but how they have framed the argument.

Wednesday morning on Fox, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade were discussing gun free zones in general and Starbucks specifically. They both agreed that in a state ‘where open carry is legal’, people should have the right to walk into a Starbucks with a gun. Shockingly, I heard Glenn Beck say something similar.

Can you see what’s wrong with this argument? It leapt out at me. Has anyone read the Constitution lately? Has anyone read what the founders and authors of the Constitution said about guns? I was stunned when I heard from learned men that, “… if a state permits open carry…”!

How did they miss this? Don’t they listen to their own words? How dare any state in the union attempt to or already successfully usurp the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution! That is clearly illegal. It’s like saying “… if a state has free speech laws, it’s okay to speak out against this or that”. The very premise is absurd!

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