First, let me heartily congratulate the patriotic citizens of Wisconsin and every other patriot in America who worked, lobbied and supported their concealed carry law. I'm proud to have tossed a few dollars towards the effort.
This now leaves Illinois sitting all alone at the back of the bus. Perhaps the rest of the state can find a way to divorce itself from Chicago?
Back to Wisconsin. I like the place. It is home to both Oshkosh and Green Bay--two meccas of mine.
Oshkosh is where a gathering of aviators and airplane builders and aviation enthusiasts come each year to be young, to be filled with awe and excitement and to stare with wonder at all the marvelous flying machines that show up.
Green Bay, of course, is home to the Packers. Growing up, I was a Dallas Cowboys fan and a Green Bay Packers fan. I was--and remain so--a huge fan of Vince Lombardi and the Packers of his era.
The problem with traveling to Wisconsin was one of being stripped of civil rights--namely, being at the mercy of criminals who paid no attention to the "no guns on your body" laws.
The playing field is now even, and predictably, the anti-gun cowards are in a tizzy. According to one, who goes by "Wiseowl1960" on the comments section of a Fox News story about a Wisconsin jewelry store owner not allowing CHLs in his store while carrying, we gun-owners are "uneducated white trash."
*Note* I read the stories published on the web, but more importantly, I also read the comments by readers that are published immediately after the story. This is where I feel we get a much better understanding of the mood and opinion regarding the story.
To that end, the story talks about Robert Haack Diamonds, in Greenfield, not wanting armed, law-abiding people in his jewelry store for "fear of them wanting to negotiate price."
The man is taking some heat over this. No problem. His store, his rules, his right--more or less--to say who can come in his store and who cannot.
Or is it?
What if he said, "I don't want any black people coming in and buying flashy pimp-looking jewelry." Would that be okay?
Me personally, I think Jesse Jackson would make it to Greenfield, Wisconsin at Mach 3 speed with Al Sharpton already there ahead of him.
What if the jewelry store owner said, "No handicapped people. I don't want to risk anyone getting hurt by slipping on the wheelchair ramp when it snows." Would that be okay? Don't think so. Or if the guy said, "No blind people. They can't see what they're looking at anyway, so what does it matter?"
I'm for property rights, believe me. But I'm also for civil rights and for too long, the Second Amendment has been treated as "no right at all."
Which brings me back to the asshat Wiseowl1960 and some of his ridiculous comments. I"m gonna give him a little fame here by publishing a few excerpts of his:
confirms what many people believe about gun owners, i.e. that you're uneducated white trash with an obsession.
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NOTE: HE RUNS A JEWELRY STORE. He has every right to say "no guns in my store." He has an obligation to protect his customers and his employees from harm.
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No business owner can gaurantee your safety, especially in a business like a jewelry store, gun store, bank, cash store, etc. If you choose to carry a weapon for "self protection" then you take responsibility not only for your own safety but those around you. Can you guarantee anyone else in the store you won't shoot them by accident or intent because you carry a concealed weapon? Are you prepared to pay damages or compensation for injuring or killing an innocent by stander because you whip your weapon to "protect yourself?" Are you prepared to go to jail for manslaughter or murder if you do?
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He all ready puts himself and his employees at risk by operating a store with a higher risk of being robbed. He doesn't owe you or anyone else an explanation for saying don't bring your gun into my store.
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I also expect a few pharamacies are going to opt out as well. There's been too many robberies, death, and near-murders of innocent people by robbers who use their guns to gain access to drugs.
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Reading this makes me wonder who is uneducated and I would urge nanny pacifists like Wiseowl1960 to do a little research and utilize a little common sense as to how well "signs" have stopped criminals in the past years.
Perhaps Wiseowl1960 might feel safer in Chicago.