Last week, we called out a piece of moral and intellectual cowardice by DFL House candidate Sara Freeman – who deleted a couple of honest, civil and pointed comments from a post on her campaign’s Facebook page in which she linked to an article from a group called “Resist the Gun Lobby”, entitled (deep breath): Busted! 7 Myths About Concealed Carry, Debunked.
Now, any article that starts with the word “Busted” can be safely assumed to be, well, baked wind. But every once in a while, it’s good to go through and prove it, if only to show the deepening intellectual depravity of the anti-civil rights movement.
So I read it.
And was I right?
What do you think?
This is the first of a seven part series, covering each of the “Myths” in the article to which Freeman was ill-informed enough to ink.
Faithless And Uncreditable: First, RTGL goes after the “Faith and Credit” aspects of the proposal:
MYTH 1: Concealed carry reciprocity will make it easy for people to travel with their permits nationwide, similar to how driver’s licenses work.
This myth can be spotted in an op-ed published in the San Diego Union Tribune, in which the author stated: “The concept of reciprocity makes a lot of sense and has worked well in other areas. For example, even though each state controls the issuance of driver’s licenses, all states honor driver’s licenses from each of the other states.”
And the so-called “Bust”?:
Unlike concealed carry permits, driver’s licenses are standard, verifiable documents that meet almost the same criteria in every state. In fact, in order to be recognized by federal agencies, driver’s licenses must meet federal criteria established by the REAL ID Act that contain physical security features including a photo of its holder and uniform data such as identity, date of birth, principal residence address, etc.
A look at the headlines about REAL ID will tell you RTGL’s confidence is a little misplaced. But they missed the big point:
Concealed carry permits, on the other hand, do not contain uniform information or standard security features…In order to verify the authenticity and validity of a permit, law enforcement would have to contact the issuing agency in the permit holder’s state because no national database — and sometimes no statewide database — containing concealed carry permit information exists.
What the do contain, universally, is the fact that the bearer has passed a background check; that, alone, makes them several orders of magnitude safer than the average citizen.
And that – not a bunch of anal-retentive bureaucratic noodling – is supposed to be the point.
Part II coming up soon.