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New York Times Op-ed on HR 822

Posted on the 26 October 2011 by Mikeb302000
Frank Bruni penned a very nice op-ed for the New York Times in which he provided a little background to HR 822.
Contradiction, hypocrisy: those words rush in ahead. The bill thus far has more than 200 Republican co-sponsors in the House, many of them conservatives who otherwise complain about attempts by an overbearing federal government to trample on states’ rights in the realms of health care, tort reform, education — you name it. But to promote concealed guns, they’re encouraging big, bad Washington to trample to its heart’s content.

That's pretty much how I see it, and in all fairness, I've read a number of pro-gun guys who agree with us.  But not the hard core. The NRA and their followers have an overriding guideline which demands they oppose any gun-control law no matter how sensible and that they support any pro-gun bill regardless of how ridiculous.
The last time we talked about this one the post generated 68 comments and led me to a bit of an epiphany. Never have I read a comparison in the gun debate that I could get behind. But in this discussion the comparison was made between  CCW reciprosity and the possibility of bringing your own home speed limit with you when you drive in another state.
When a guy from Arizona goes to NJ with his permit, he should not receive reciprocal rights because the requirements to get his permit were less than the NJ CCW guys.
So, just like the Arizona driver who can't drive over the NJ speed limit like he could back home, the Arizona CCW permit holder is not entitled to carry a concealed gun in NJ because he hasn't met the requirements according to NJ standards.

Frank Bruni summed up HR 822 beautifully. "That’s not liberty. More like lunacy."
What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

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