South Carolina Gov. Haley Supports Law Allowing Citizens to Carry Guns Without Permit or Training

nikki-haleyIf you thought South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently signing a bill into law that allows people to carry loaded guns into bars was fairly foolish, this is even worse.

Not only has she now made it legal for people to have guns inside of bars, she also announced that she supports a proposal that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without any sort of training or permits.

So now instead of assuring that all citizens who are legally carrying concealed handguns in public were doing so after the required training, anyone who felt like carrying a gun on them would be allowed to do so – legally.

That means someone who has never used a gun could go buy a handgun, shove it in their pocket and carry it around with them for protection legally without a single minute of training on how to properly use that weapon.

I know there’s a big debate on the Second Amendment in this country, but can we at least agree on some basic common sense things?  You know, like if we’re going to have citizens carrying loaded guns with them out in public, can we at least agree that they should have had some kind of training beforehand?

I know when it comes to guns many Americans can’t agree on most things, but can we at least agree on that?

So basically what Governor Haley has said is that she not only supports citizens carrying weapons into bars, but she doesn’t even care if they’ve had absolutely no training on how to properly use those weapons.

This is where I usually hit a wall when it comes to reasonable debates with what many refer to as “gun nuts.”  Just because as Americans we have a particular right (such as freedom of speech) doesn’t mean that there can’t be sensible rules and regulations on that right (such as not being allowed to jokingly yell “bomb” in an airport or “fire” in a movie theater).

Just because we have a Second Amendment right to own guns, doesn’t mean we can’t apply common sense when it comes to that right in a modern society.

There just has to come a point where you have to start questioning the sanity of those you oppose.  While I like to try to be as respectful to my opposition as possible (especially in face to face debates on issues) I would really find it difficult to keep my composure when debating someone who supports repealing the law that requires citizens who carry concealed weapons in public to have basic training.

Because at that point I just couldn’t take that person seriously.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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