So a recent post by GayPatriotWest/Dan Blatt supports a strawman argument once again. Similar to how they approach gay marriage, continually churning up new hurdles they feel necessary to support gay marriage, now they do the same with hate crimes legislation. He posts support for Chris Barrone of GOProud’s assertion that relaxing restrictions on carry concealed weapons (CCW) should be part of the new hate crimes legislation as proposed as an amendment by Senators Thune and Vitters. Here’s a few thoughts:
- Contrary to the Republican “state’s rights” ideology, they’re supporting federal legislation to relax restrictions on CCW, superseding the law of individual states
- There are only 2 states altogether that do not allow for CCW, Wisconsin and Illinois
- Of the remaining states that do allow CCW, only 1/3 have some kind of specific restriction on CCW
- Barrone’s statistical support is a report covering the years 1977-1992
- From current statistics, there seems to be no correlation between open access to CCW and hate crimes incidences
“This amendment is not a poison pill” he disingenuously writes, but rather for the good of all gay men and women. So essentially, even though you can apply for and receive a permit to carry concealed in 48 states if you’re a law abiding citizen, GOProud still wants to further relax those restrictions by forcing a federal provision into the hates crimes pill. Because, you know, carrying a piece 24/7 is so much more practical than instituting laws to help deter violence specifically against gay men and women.