Friday, January 11, 2008

The NRA Tries Again. Morons.

Back in March of 2006, I wrote about the "forced entry" laws being pushed by the gun nuts at the NRA. That post concerned the general concepts of "forced entry" laws: laws which require property owners -- regardless of their own wishes -- to allow others to bring guns onto their private property.

The way these laws are drafted, there is no requirement that the gun owner have a logical reason for carrying, there is no requirement that the gun owner have a valid carry permit, there is no requirement that the gun owner notify the property owner he is carrying a gun in his vehicle. There is no requirement that the gun owner be free of mental disease. There is no restrictions as to the type of premises into which the gun owner brings a deadly weapon. There is no requirement that the gun owner even be sober, fer crissakes. The only restriction is that the gun owner cannot be a convicted felon. This means that it would be illegal to ban handguns from the premises of a workplace, school, bar, church, or even a prison.

The gun-totin' idiots from the NRA are trying, for the second time, to get this law passed in Georgia (and if Georgia, rebel stronghold that it is, didn't pass this the first time around, you know it's a bad law).

The last time I posted on the NRA, I received a number of comments (and a couple of thinly-veiled threats) from NRA supporters. Let me deal with that right now. If you want to support the NRA, that is your right and your business. If you want to carry a gun everywhere you go, to make up for your minuscule little prick, that is your business.

But bringing YOUR deadly weapon onto MY personal, private property is MY business... and I say, "No frickin' way, Bubba."

"If we get it this year, that's fantastic and a big win for law abiding Georgia gun owners," said NRA spokesperson Ashley Varner. "But if we don't get it, we'll be back."

Well, good for you, Varner.

A large number of private companies and professional associations are opposed to these laws, and for good reason. One interesting defense that has been raised is the "general duty" clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees." Handguns are certainly likely to cause death. After all, that's what they're MADE for.

These laws would also violate any number of "Zero Tolerance" policies in place in schools and workplaces. (For more on "zero tolerance", see Randy Cassingham's website,

These "forced entry" laws being promulgated by the NRA are just one more indication of how badly out of touch the NRA is when it comes to reality.

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