23 July 2012

Year 2, Day 203 (Yesterday Was A Full Day)

After getting a re-start on my logbook, I had a full day ahead of me yesterday, just to keep on schedule. I left from Knoxville, TN at a little after 0700 (CT). I stopped to get fuel, twice (the last one being in Pennsylvania, on I-78), as well as a couple of "pit stops" and one to pick up a few things from the grocery store. Nathan and I called it a night at around 2000 (CT) in Shartlesville, PA, only leaving a little over 45 miles left to cover. Normally I would have gone straight to the customer, but this particular customer does not allow overnight parking.

By now, the tragedy that happened in Colorado is emblazoned in all our minds. the question is: what can be done about it. There will be a plethora of theories and opinions, so here is mine. Had Colorado allowed for a concealed carry law, the casualties and injuries would have been much less than what we now know. There are many that support stricter gun laws, most politicians feel this way. However, no matter how much stiffer the existing gun laws become, the fact of the matter is that the ones that are already committing the crimes are not law abiding citizens. Think of this: Phoenix, AZ allows for concealed carry, Chicago, IL has some of the stiffest gun control laws; yet when you search for some statistics, the crime rate of Chicago is higher than that of Phoenix... see the trend? Had the Denver area allowed for a concealed carry mandate, there would have been several well-trained good Samaritans in that theatre and the injured & casualty counts would have been substantially less, possibly near non-existent.

"When the government fears the people, there is freedom; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny" - Thomas Jefferson

Does our government fear "We the people"?

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