When the details of the bill came out, I agreed with the veto. While Utah is an
"open carry" state, I'm sure that many would feel threatened when
someone carrying a sidearm walked into their store/theater/office/home.I do believe in the 2nd amendment being for the purpose of protection against
threats to personal as well as public safety and security.Do I carry
a firearm in public? No. Do I keep one at home? Yes Why? Because it is
faster that a phone call. Comparing Dodge City to places like
Chicago (strict gun control) or Washington D.C. (strict gun control) both of
which have high crime rates involving guns; more or less proving that gun
control does not deter the criminal from doing his thing.
As a Republican delegate, I applaud Governor Herbert for his veto of this bill.
He took a lot of flak during the last campaign for what others called "lack
of leadership". I think what they really didn't like was his quiet
demeanor. I consider him a leader of the best sort - not a loudmouth, but one
who is willing to do what is right in spite of the political consequences.
Quote from Matthew Quigley, "This ain't Dodge City and you ain't
If they override the veto it will be the high water mark of extreme right wing
policy in Utah. Reasonable people can only take so much.
There was only one purpose of this law. It is to give citizens the ability to
intimidate their neighbors with a distorted method of messaging. When I go to a
townhall meeting and we have paranoid citizens packing heat it is nothing more
than implied threat that is their way or the highway and there is no other way
to phrase it. Guns have their purpose in our society but not in the form that
has been legislated. I agree with the letter writer. Uphold the veto!
Irony: Sorry but the other side would see him as a guy who today would fly over
in a black helicopter or drone!
Irony of the Day: Marshal Wyatt Earp did not allow guns within Dodge City
limits. All who entered the city were required to "check their guns"
with him until they left the city. No one except the police were allowed to
carry weapons within the city limits. Earp was actually Mr. Gun Control.
...as a remember, 85% of Utahans also support BackGround checks!