On June 2, 2021, Governor Lee signed a bill into law that allows people to buy guns without a license or safety training (“permitless carry”). The law goes into effect on July 1, 2021. That means in Tennessee and 11 other states (so far) with similar laws…
I need a driver’s license to drive a car.
But I don’t need a license to own the gun that kills you.
I need a license to be a mental health counselor to counsel you to not kill yourself.
But I don’t need a license or a psych evaluation to own the gun that kills you.
I need a license to cut your hair.
But I don’t need a license to own the gun that parts your hair with a bullet and kills you.
I need a license to own a bakery to bake your birthday cake.
But I don’t need a license to own the gun that kills you before you celebrate your next birthday.
I need a license to build a house.
But I don’t need a license to own the gun that kills you, destroying your home and family.
I need a license to be a medical doctor who saves lives.
But I don’t need a license to own the gun that can rip your body to shreds and kill you.
I need a license to be a schoolteacher.
But I don’t need a license to own the gun that kills school children.
I need a license to own a funeral home that will prepare you for burial.
But I don’t need a license to own the gun that kills you and puts you in a coffin.
How many people die each year in the U.S. from gun violence? There is no accurate body count because the NRA and its cynical enablers in Congress and in state legislatures passed laws prohibiting government agencies from gathering that information. Congress once threatened to defund the CDC if it didn’t stop tracking statistics on gun violence. (The CDC had noticed that gun violence spreads much the same as infectious diseases.)
There is also no agreed definition of “mass shooting” for the same reason. We’ve had either 225 or 232 mass shootings during the 150 days from January 1 – May 31, 2021. That’s a mass shooting every 0.6 day in 2021.
Can any of the politicians supporting these “constitutional carry” laws honestly say with a straight face to the police who must assume for their own safety that every encounter is a deadly-force situation, or to the battered women who know their batterers now have even easier access to guns with which to violate orders of protection, or to the parents afraid that their child will die in the next school shooting that looser gun laws make our society safer? Honestly and sincerely?
About Norma Shirk
My company, Corporate Compliance Risk Advisor, helps small businesses to create human resources policies and risk mitigation programs that are appropriate to the employer’s size and budget. The goal is to help small companies grow by creating the necessary back office administrative structure while avoiding the dead weight of a bureaucracy. To read my musings on the wacky world of human resources, see the HR Compliance Jungle (www.hrcompliancejungle.com) which alternates on Wednesday mornings with my history blog, History By Norma, (available at http://www.normashirk.com). To read my musings on a variety of topics, see my posts on Her Savvy (www.hersavvy.com).
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