The Boston Herald reports on a very interesting incident. CCW permit holders are among the most responsible of gun owners. Everyone knows this. In The Bay State, presumably, they’re even better screened and therefore safer than, say, in Arizona.
The man, who is licensed to carry, was about to see the Patriots play the New York Giants when he checked the back of his ticket and saw firearms were prohibited at the Foxboro venue, said state police spokesman David Procopio. As the man was taking out the gun back at his car, a round went off, going through his leg near the knee about 3 p.m., Procopio said.
After all the flack I’ve received over my shared responsibility ideas, I dare you pro-gun guys to blame the gun-free zone rules at the stadium, I double dare you.
The fact is a guy with a license to carry a concealed weapon who doesn’t know that the Patriot’s football stadium is a gun free-zone is already in the wrong. I thought these guys were supposed to be aware of the rules before they go places? Isn’t that one of the big complaints? The poor endangered men have to take their chances unarmed when they go to the post office and the court house.
His failure to know the gun-free zones was the least of his sins. There’s no excuse for a negligent discharge, other than negligence that is. Negligence is not acceptable. CCW permit holders must be held to a higher standard. When you make a mistake with a hammer, you sometimes blacken your thumb. When you make a mistake with a gun, the damage is likely to be worse than that.
The solution is the one strike you’re out rule. It’s simple. It need not violate due process. It could be done properly. The results would be to disarm the most reckless and stupid among the gun owners, the ones responsible for most of the problems.