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Sunday, February 19, 2006

So much for believing in Personal Property Rights...

So the House of Delegates has made it's yearly push for people to carry guns almost anywhere they want. This time they are targeting private businesses.

Via The Washington Post:

"The parking lot bill, part of a nationwide push by the National Rifle Association, would require businesses, including restaurants, to allow employees and customers to keep guns in their cars on company property. Many U.S. businesses have enacted rules banning guns in cars in response to workplace shootings."

Why? Why? Why? Why would you need a gun at your workplace parking lot? What good can come from having a gun in your glovebox? For instance, if I were an employee at "Toys 'R Us", should I be able to have a gun in the parking lot in the proximity of children?

I understand the 2nd amendment and people wanting to own guns for personal safety. I do not understand the NRA's insistence on not having a modicum of common sense when it comes to guns and the respect of other people's personal property.

If a business bans guns, it does so for a damn good reason. The business has the right of their customer's and employee's safety that trumps any protection that gun owners might need.

Guns scare some people and for good reason. They can kill. People should be able to expect that guns are not within walking distance of them when they are peacefully shopping or eating. Anything less is unacceptable.

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