The North Carolina legislature has found time in its busy schedule of making it much harder to vote and safe abortions much harder to get to pass a bill that will allow concealed weapons to be carried in bars, restaurants, anywhere that alcohol is served and recreation areas, including playgrounds. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is expected to sign the legislation in the coming days. North Carolina gun laws currently outlaw having a gun in these establishments, but that is soon to change. The owners of a business may object to someone carrying a gun, but seeing as the gun may be concealed, it’s not clear how they would know in some cases.
Gun control is close to nonexistent in states like North Carolina where both houses and the Governor’s office are in Republican control and those Republicans are worried more about primaries than general elections. Any Republican who acknowledges that gun accidents happen, drunkenness happens, bar fights happen, and that introducing lethal weapons into those situations is almost certainly a bad idea, will have to worry about an NRA-funded primary challenger who “wants to protect our basic freedoms.”
North Carolina also has a form of the Stand Your Ground law, which allows anyone who perceives that they are being attacked to shoot first and ask questions later. Often, gun freedom advocates will paint a picture of the world that sounds like a post-apocalyptic Mad Max style scenario where it is kill or be killed. That’s not what the U.S. is actually like, but if anyone can buy a gun without a background check, carry it anywhere and use it with little excuse, we will hear more and more stories that make it seem like we do live in a place like that.
Gun accidents and bad decisions happen. We need more gun control, not less. North Carolina needs to vote out the NRA shills who voted this law in.