Hysterical Associated Press piece about Arizona allowing permitted concealed handguns in places that serve alcohol

Shouldn't newspaper stories offer some perspective? If you are a reporter writing a story on the problems that might happen with a state letting concealed handgun permit holders carry their guns into establishments that serve alcohol, don't you think that it would be useful to ask what has happened in other states? While this reporter does mention in one sentence the fact that only nine states still ban carrying a concealed handgun in restaurants that serve alcohol, one would have thought that she would also have to note that the fears expressed in the piece haven't occurred in those states.

Bartender Randy Shields was serving British brews and Arizona ambers as usual at Shady's bar in east Phoenix when he saw a customer walk in with a hunting knife strapped to his hip.
A disturbing image flashed through his mind — "that knife sliding between my ribs."
The customer willingly turned over the knife while he was in the bar, but Shields still worries about a new Arizona law that goes into effect Wednesday that will allow guns into Arizona bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
Under the law, backed by the National Rifle Association, the 138,350 people with concealed-weapons permits in Arizona will be allowed to bring their guns into bars and restaurants that haven't posted signs banning them.
Those carrying the weapons aren't allowed to drink alcohol.
The new law has Shields and other bar owners and workers wondering: What's going to happen when guns are allowed in an atmosphere filled with booze and people with impaired judgment?
"Somebody can pull the trigger, then a bullet comes out, and people get hurt and killed," said Brad Henrich, owner of Shady's, a popular neighborhood bar that sees occasional minor scuffles. "The idea of anyone coming in with guns in a place that serves alcohol just seems ludicrous."
An 8 1/2-by-11-inch sign that says "No Firearms Allowed" and shows a red slash over a gun now hangs next to Henrich's liquor license. If a bar owner does not post such a state-approved sign, people with concealed weapons are allowed in with their guns.
There is no way to track how many of Arizona's 5,800 bars and restaurants that serve alcohol have posted such signs. The Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control has signs available for download on its Web site and doesn't track that figure.
The department has provided 1,300 signs to bar and restaurant owners who went to the department in person or asked to have signs mailed to them. . . .

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9/30/2009 5:28 AM  
Blogger Chas said...

"The idea of anyone coming in with guns in a place that serves alcohol just seems ludicrous."

Markie Marxist sez: "Yeah! It's ludicrous for gun owners to be allowed to eat in a place that serves alcohol! Or food. They should starve to death."

9/30/2009 9:14 AM  
Blogger Radio Babylon said...

the thing that irritates me the most about this is that it happens every... single... time. every time a law like this is passed, there is a bunch of hysterical wailing and gnashing of teeth.

then, a year later... two years later... five years later... when its obvious that NOTHING BAD HAPPENED, well, no one even remembers the histrionics.

but just like clockwork, the next time another law increasing the freedom of gun owners is passed, out comes the wailing and gnashing of teeth all over again. its utterly ridiculous, and frankly tiring.

9/30/2009 2:01 PM  
Blogger Wade said...

It really is sad that there is very little integrity in the majority of the media. Seeing quality non-biased reporting is now a small ray of hope as opposed to a norm. I always try to contact the author when I see pieces that are written well in hopes that they are inspired to keep being honest and not give into the current trends.

9/30/2009 4:45 PM  
Blogger ged said...

Yeah, I could see how a bunch of gun owners sitting around the restaurant, but not being allowed to drink might pose a risk. Seriously though, not only don't there seem to be any problems in states with rules like Arizona's new ones, but there isn't the slightest evidence of problems in those states that allow gun carrying customers to drink, as long as they abide by limits similar to those required of drivers.

9/30/2009 11:20 PM  

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