There are a couple of states in the U.S. that are widely known to have legalized marijuana in those states. While this particular article isn’t about marijuana usage, there is one state that has made some pretty questionable decisions, the kind of decisions that make you wonder if they were smoking pot when they made the decision.
That’s what we’re going to talk about today: a decision that is so ridiculous that (when I realized where it happened) I wondered if they were stoned when they submitted this bill. Esteban L. Hernandez writes,
The [Denver] City Attorney’s Office is proposing a bill that would make it illegal for people to have concealed guns in public buildings and parks.
The proposal would ban carrying guns in city-owned or -leased buildings and parks, and according to City Attorney’s Office spokesperson Jacqlin Davis, it will adopt a portion of a statewide law passed last year.
The new proposal is part of Mayor Michael Hancock’s public safety plan, which he introduced in February amid an increase in certain crimes in the city.
Of course, as you and I (and anyone who has ever looked at the statistics in context) know, preventing legal gun owners from carrying their firearms in a place doesn’t reduce violence in general (or, usually, even gun violence) in that area. No, on the contrary, banning private gun possession in an area makes that area a magnet for violence because criminals can attack people without concern of someone shooting back at them.
It’s simple human nature: you can try to love a bully into changing their ways, but many (maybe most) bullies won’t stop bullying until they are scared of the repercussions. Or, to put it bluntly, if you want to decrease violence in an area, it needs to be clear to criminals (those who desire to initiate violence) that anyone and everyone else can shoot back.
There’s a reason that gun free zones are where mass shooters go: it’s where no one can shoot back. That tells you all that you need to know as to why guns should never be restricted anywhere.