I do a lot of sighing lately.
It’s against the law, at least in most places, to smoke in bars. I’m okay with that. There’s a part of me that thinks it’s sort of strange that, in a place people come to drink, they can’t smoke. I’m sort of a “life is fatal” adherent. I don’t concern myself with fretting over secondary smoke. Most everything can kill you; it’s just a matter of degree. Guns are sort of the nth degree. A lot more is known about what can kill you, but, for the most part, what can kill you can’t kill you any better than it could, say, fifty years ago. People have a right to be stupid, and almost everyone does something stupid.
In a paragraph, that is the Life Is Fatal mission statement.
But … how can it be unacceptable to smoke but perfectly appropriate to carry a gun into a bar (or restaurant)? That’s the crowning achievement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, there being few others. She and her General Assembly are so proud.
Of course, it’s illegal to take a gun into a bar and drink. Apparently there exist many sober vigilantes who intend to sit on end stools and wait for someone to misbehave. I’m thinking some people may be afraid to text now.
It’s the bar or restaurant’s responsibility to inform anyone who’s both packing and pounding (beer) that he or she has to leave.
By the way, did I mention that this is a concealed weapon?
How’d you like to be the bartender having to tell John Dillinger that he has to take it (a gun) outside?
Bars and restaurants do have the right to ban guns. Surely most will. Are they worried that they will lose all that non-drinking, gun-toting business?
Most of the time, when I go to a restaurant that doubles as a bar, I have a diet soft drink. Occasionally, I have a few beers with friends. I’m not a big drinker. Either one or two Sierra Nevadas is in the refrigerator right now, left by a friend over a week ago. I reserve the right to drink, but I don’t do it that often.
But I like bars, anyway, so that puts me right in the crosshairs, so to speak. Don’t want a beer? Here. Have a gun.
In this state, we don’t have gun control. We have gun expansion.