January 28, 2023

What Are We Becoming?

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Below are some excerpts taken from an article written today in the Fremont Tribune out of Nebraska. You read the quotes then go read the article if you choose to verify I’m not taking anything out of context. Then answer the above question – “What are we becoming”.

A new state law that allows concealed weapons says people can’t get permits for them if they have been convicted of a felony or violent crimes, found in the previous 10 years to be mentally ill or dangerous or judged mentally incompetent.

Okay that sounds somewhat reasonable.

Lincoln already has an ordinance barring gun possession by people who have been convicted of stalking, resisting arrest or violating a protection order.

On Monday the council added to the list people who have been convicted of assault, drug crimes, unlawful intrusion, domestic assault or public indecency.

It gets better…. er, uh, worse!

Concealed weapons will not be allowed in a variety of places, including bars, police stations, public meetings, athletic events, schools, churches, hospitals and banks. Signs also could be posted prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons in other locations.

And what the state doesn’t want to regulate they are happy to pass the authority on to the cities and towns.

The state law also allows cities to bar concealed weapons or add further restrictions, and some cities have already taken action.

In Omaha, the City Council overrode Mayor Mike Fahey’s veto of a new ordinance that reverses the city’s longtime ban on concealed weapons.

The Kearney City Council has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday to gauge public opinion on retaining the city’s ban on concealed weapons.

A Columbus City Council committee last week voted to retain the city’s ordinance barring concealed weapons.

Last month the Lincoln council rejected Mayor Coleen Seng’s proposal for an outright ban on concealed weapons.

Well, no point in stopping there.

The new state law bans concealed weapons in government buildings that contain courthouses or city hall meetings. Lincoln expanded that to include weapons in plain view, in effect answering an issue raised by a gun-rights advocate who brought an unconcealed loaded pistol to a Lincoln City Council meeting.

And just in case you were wondering…..

As described in the new ordinance, a dangerous weapon is any firearm, stun gun, knife more than 3 inches long, switchblade, air gun or any other device that, if used with such intent, “cause death or bodily injury” or could inflict “cutting, stabbing or tearing wounds.”

Tom Remington