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Guns Keep the Peace

As with every other article that has been published about concealed carry in the state of Ohio, you are only publishing half truths ["Pass the Guns & Ammo," April 27, 2011]. It seems that every anti-gun journalist makes their readers fear the worst and portrays a scene from the old west.

The facts are that under the current law for concealed-carry licensees, you may not be under the influence of alcohol while carrying a concealed weapon. This would also apply if the state allows for concealed carry in restaurants and bars that serve alcohol.

Also, you must be kidding yourself if you think that people are not already carrying weapons in bars. Thugs and criminals carry weapons whenever and wherever they want, with no regard for the law. It is not the law-abiding, legally licensed citizens such as myself that you should be worried about; it is the criminals. Maybe it would keep the criminals out of these establishments if they knew that maybe someone just might shoot back.

Mark Thompson

Concealed-carry licensee since 2004

Where Thugs Hang Out

This article is full of purposeful misinformation. HB 45 does not allow guns to be carried in bars; it allows guns to be carried in restaurants that have a liquor license, like Applebee's or Olive Garden. I have worked in adult and juvenile courts for over a decade, and I can tell you that criminals love these victim zones. They specifically choose places that have the no-carry signs because they know they will be easy targets. If you don't believe me, just ask them!


The Safety Business

I find it interesting that every time the city runs a deficit, it needs to "make the streets more safe" ["Aggressive Drivers Being Targeted in Cleveland," at the Scene & Heard blog]. Ever ask yourself why you have to wear a seat-belt for "safety," but there are no seat belts on buses that our children ride each day, or on RTA buses? Maybe laws are not passed to protect us, but to fleece us of even more money; and crackdowns are not to make us safer, but to create more revenue. Just asking.


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