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Josh Horwitz on HR-822

Posted on the 17 November 2011 by Mikeb302000
Josh Horwitz writing in the Huffington Post
Richard Poplawski. Omar Thornton. Paul Michael Merhige. Jason Hamilton. Nidal Malik Hasan. George Sodini. Christopher Speight.
What do these men have in common?
# 1: They all committed mass murder (three or more innocents killed) with guns.
# 2: They were all concealed handgun permit holders.
And they're not alone. Since 2007, at least 19 mass shootings have been perpetrated by individuals who had obtained permits to carry concealed handguns in public.

In the clearest one-sentence description of HR-822 I've seen yet, Josh sums it up like this?
The net result of the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act" is to make the weakest state laws in the nation the Law of the Land.
Is that what we want? I don't think so. The sad fact is some gun-rights folks are on our side, but for the wrong reason. They feel the hypocrisy of the supporters of this bill is not for them. The folks who want this reciprosity are generally against government interference, except when it comes to gun rights.  Then anything goes.
So the gun-rights folks are divided into two groups, one more pathetic than the other.  The supporters are hypocrites who accept big government when it suits.  The gun-rights folks in opposition of HR-822, feel the way they do, not because it makes sense or that it will save lives, but just because they hate the government so much that even when it would benefit them they can't accept it.
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