Most voters will read the ballot language on August 5th and think the question is whether you are pro-gun or anti-gun. In Missouri, most people are pro-gun, so based upon that, it will probably pass.
However, without adding anything, our Missouri Constitution already covers this situation. Article I, Section 23 says, “That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.”
Word for the Day: Hoplophobia:
n. Irrational, morbid fear of guns (coined by Col. Jeff Cooper, from the Greek “hoplites,” weapon). May cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, more, at mere thought of guns. Hoplophobes are common and should never be involved in setting gun policies. Point out hoplophobic behavior when noticed, it is dangerous, sufferers deserve pity, and should seek treatment. When confronted, hoplophobes typically go into denial, a common characteristic of the affliction. Often helped by training, or by coaching at a range, a process known to psychiatry as “desensitization,” often useful in treating many phobias. Also: Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.
While I was at the store this week, I noticed some items scanned at a higher price than what was marked on the shelf. I had a choice. I could either not buy the items or I could ask a manager to follow me back to the shelf to verify the price. My first thought was to skip it because there was a long line of other customers behind me (and one never knows if they will remember this next election!). However, I ended up getting the manager because I knew I was correcting the price for the hundreds of others who might be in the same predicament.
The same is true with the way government regulates guns. We owe it to others who come behind us to not cower in the corner and let the bad guys run us away. This is not about whether you want to own a gun for yourself or not. It’s about standing together for our Constitutional right to bear arms. Our Founding Fathers saw firsthand what can happen when people quit fighting for what’s right. They wanted to make sure we would be able to stand against those who are seeking to harm us. There are many articles written when something bad happens because of a gun, but very few about guns saving the innocent.
Are you suffering for hoplophobia? What do you think about guns? In this edition of Home Front, Tim Oliver talks with us about Hoplophobia, gun permits and the laws pertaining to where you can carry. Stay tuned as we ask probing questions and hear rock solid answers from a former law enforcement officer.
Tim Oliver teaches courses for the Missouri concealed carry weapons permit and also teaches advanced concealed carry and an urban rifle course. Missouri residents seeking a concealed carry permit or other firearms training can learn more at Tim’s website, www.learntocarry.com