New Fox News Op-ed: Guns: India, Toys "R" US, and Football Players
Banning guns is in the news. India practically bans guns, but it didn’t stop the horrific Muslim terrorist attacks this last week. A football player concerned for his safety violates New York City’s tough gun control regulations by carrying a concealed handgun, and people call for everything from banning NFL players having guns to demanding that he serve many years in jail.
Where is the sympathy or debate in either case over letting people defend themselves? Given that the terrorists smuggled their machine guns in with them, would anyone argue that India’s extremely strict gun licensing and artificially high prices for guns help prevent the terrorist attacks? In fact, the reverse is more likely the case.
Would Plaxico Burress, the New York Giant’s receiver who was arrested yesterday, really have been safer just trusting the police to protect him? . . .
UPDATE: Follow up on the Toys "R" US part of my piece:
The two men involved in the shooting at Toys R Us in Palm Desert on Friday did not have licenses to carry concealed weapons, according to police officials.
The men, Alejandro Hernandez Moreno, 39, of Desert Hot Springs and Juan Carlos Meza, 28, of Cathedral City, died in what witnesses to the shooting described as a gruesome confrontation.
Sheriff's officials reiterated Tuesday that Moreno and Meza fatally shot each other.
When police arrived at the scene, they reportedly found one handgun near each of the dead men.
That the men were not authorized to carry concealed weapons is not unusual — few Riverside County residents have “concealed carry weapons licenses, ” authorities say.
“There's an underground black market economy for weapons throughout the state, throughout the region,” Indio Police Chief Brad Ramos said. “I'm concerned in Indio. I'm concerned in the Coachella Valley. I'm concerned in the state. It is something that concerns me.”
Last year, 734 county residents were licensed to carry concealed weapons, according to the California Department of Justice.
The license allows a person to carry a loaded pistol, revolver or other firearm that's capable of being concealed on that person.
It's not easy to get a concealed carry license. Private citizens must prove a demonstrated need for special protection and meet strict requirements.
“I can't just go in there and say I need a permit for protection,” said Ben Guitron, Indio Police Department spokesman. “Not in California.”
Thanks to Carl Johnson for sending me this update.