It is good to see non-motorized users get involved in trail work. For those who didn't know, motorcycle clubs like Treasure Valley Trail Machine Association (TVTMA) volunteer to clear many hundreds of miles of trail each year. It's not unusual for us to cut 50-100 fallen trees off the trail in a single day. We often see hikers and cyclists on these motorized trails, and they tell us it's because the motorcycle trails are more reliably cleared and in better shape. We are glad to help.
It is interesting to see all the emotional arguments against this bill, and no arguments whatsoever with actual data. People who hate and fear guns simply assume that life is more dangerous if trained law-abiding citizens with concealed-carry permits are allowed to carry a weapon. Yet all the data indicates that if anything, the opposite is true. Concealed-carriers are probably the most law-abiding and responsible group of citizens that exists. You are more likely to be murdered by a police officer than by concealed-carry permit holder.
College presidents claim that now they will have to actually train and arm their campus police and invest in metal detectors. Why? If they are already capable of keeping illegal guns off campus (which they claim), why should a handful of law-abiding citizens with legal guns change things?
Bottom line for me is that the right to defend oneself is a fundamental right, like due process, freedom of speech, and equal protection under the law. I think that the burden of proof should always be on the person who wants to restrict fundamental rights. They need to prove that it really is necessary, not just throw out a bunch of speculative emotional fiction. Since violent crime has been steadily dropping as the number of concealed carriers has been rising over the last 15-20 years, it does not appear that taking that fundamental right away is really justified.
Why does mr Cope just fling out insults and ad-hominem attacks at everyone who is not just like him? Why is he such a panicky petulant asshole about gun-owners and about other people in general?
More importantly, why does his drivel get published. I often disagree with Ted Rall, but at least Rall can write coherently, and he provides data and reasoning to back up his arguments. Cope just perpetuates the stereotype of liberals being self-centered and emotional.
Fortunately, most people that own and carry guns are not so emotional, and we are able to get in arguments, or even traffic accidents without shooting people. Bill should stop living in fear. Or move to one of his anti-gun paradises like california, new york, new jersey, or Illinois. Life there must be pretty awesome if so many people who think like him live there. Maybe you can get someone to replace him that doesn't make the rest of your organization come across like provincial hilljacks.
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