To the Editor:

To this day, it amazes me how people will publicly display their irrational fear of the inanimate object, i.e. the gun. They have manifestations of running gun battles on Calhoun Street by these very same objects. AK-47’s and AR-15’s duking it out in some delusional OK Corral scenario.

First of all, the new open carry law still requires a conceal carry permit and training. We will join the other 26 states that already have open carry. They have not experienced any spikes in crime or shootouts.

Second, this law, when signed and the 90-day transition period is over, will eliminate unintentional brandishing. If for some reason your firearm is exposed due to reaching for something or a good gust of breeze, some fearful person could report you to the cops and complain about how their nonexistent right to NOT see a gun was somehow violated.

As we have seen, the constant infringements on our Second Amendment right by government are abusive.

How I store or use my firearms is up to me, not someone else. For decades, none of my guns have been used for suicide or homicides, just like the other hundreds of millions of guns in this free country. My love affair with firearms is dangerous only to those who wish to do me or my family harm.

If the inanimate object scares you that much, perhaps you’re in the wrong state. “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson.

Paul McCue