by Leonard Steinhorn: "Author and Professor of Communication at American University"
(Huffington Post opinion article -- March 21, 2014)
No one should feel safe in the following states. And it is time to take a stand and do something about it. These are states with the most Wild West gun laws where you are most likely to encounter someone -- anyone -- with a gun: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Mississippi.
It is legal in these states for people with absolutely no training to walk around armed and to carry their guns openly in the streets. It is legal in these states to bring loaded guns into gambling establishments, sporting events and restaurants that serve alcohol. It is legal in these states to carry weapons into stores and shopping malls, and in some cases even onto college campuses and into bars and houses of worship.
In all of these states, it is legal to shoot first and claim self-defense much the way George Zimmerman did with Trayvon Martin and hundreds of others have done in less publicized cases.
And in all of these states, their background laws -- if they even exist -- are so full of loopholes that someone with a criminal record, a drug or drinking problem, or a history of mental illness can obtain a gun.
Go, go read the whole thing. You will be shocked, shocked, by the licentious behavior of people in these "wild west" states!
Of course the author either forgot to mention that most states now have licensed "concealed carry" laws, or he was unaware of the fact. Which doesn't lend much credibility to his outrage. (Has he never heard of Vermont?)
And that people who are not necessary "law abiding" can always get a gun in ANY state, one way or another.
Oh, when you read the article? Scroll down to the bottom and read the comments. Not many of the people who read the article seem to be nearly as worried as was the author.