While not the primary source of conversation in Washington, D.C. many politicians have started up the gun control debate again. Especially after the June 14th shooting at a congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia that left Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana shot and injured with four others.
In light of this, many Congressmen have called for legislation that allows public servants in the nation’s Capital to carry concealed firearms.
Rep. Chris Collins of New York told the Washington Post the following about his opinions on the issue,
“From now on, I’ll be exercising my Second Amendment right to carry a firearm as I travel my district. On a rare occasion, I’d have my gun in the glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.”
However, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center Josh Sugarmann could not have disagreed more. Sugarmann described the politician’s reactions to the Alexandria, Virginia shooting as nonsensical and outright outrageous. He insisted that private individuals rarely if ever use personal firearms to kill criminals and stop crimes. This information was cited from the VPS report, ‘Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use.’
This week he appeared on “Dana”, with Cam Edwards and none other than Dana Loesch who hosts “Cam and Company” at NRA News to discuss this issue. Dana said the following,
“Every statistic that I have seen actually goes against [Sugermann] including the last CDC study that was commissioned by Obama in 2013.”
“And in a lot of defensive gun uses, Dana, the trigger is never even pulled. And that’s a good outcome … in the vast majority of these cases the presence of the firearm in the hands of the law abiding citizen diffuses the situation.”
Congressman Massie also supports the idea of concealed carry permits from individual’s home states being valid in the Capitol. After the shooting he said,
“What I’m trying to do is anticipate how to avoid a tragic situation in the future, and what the American people don’t realize is that most congressmen do not have a security detail and we are as exposed as the general public is exposed when they come to visit our nation’s capital. I don’t want to extend a special privilege just to congressmen. I recognize that everybody has the right to defend themselves, and that’s in the Constitution.”
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut disagrees though saying,
“I can’t think of a worse idea. The data is really clear: Communities that have more guns have higher levels of gun violence.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said,
“When you have a shooter with a rifle and you have Capitol Police with just handguns, they’re at a decided disadvantage. We should think also about making sure that Capitol Police are fully equipped with everything they need.”
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said,
“I’m not interested in a security detail. I don’t want to live my life like that. But in terms of when a group of congressmen are together or a group of senators are together, or improving security here at the Capitol, I’m going to sit down and listen on that.”
At this time people have even been protesting people’s Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. This past weekend hundreds of protestors marched from Fairfax, Virginia to the Department of Justice to protest the NRA which was a total of 17 miles. Co-President of the Women’s March Tamika Mallory said the following,
“The NRA feed gun lobbies, gun manufacturers, they feed the funeral industry more than any other industry,” said Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women March, which organized the protest along with other activist groups, including those representing victims of gun violence.”
Considering the fact that a Congressman was shot during the congressional baseball attack it is not unwarranted for lawmakers to be concerned. They are neither nonsensical or outrageous. It’s called being concerned for your safety.
Concealed carry reciprocity is the smart thing to do. If an individual is able to be permitted by the state to get a concealed carry permit they should be able to use that permit in other states as well. It is what is in the best interests and safety of our lawmakers and the American people.