The gun grabbers are still in a tizzy. They always are. A cartoon dissected:
Nick Anderson/Tampa Bay Times
Frame 1: True, shooters almost always pick gun-free zones – so they won’t be shot at themselves as they “work”.
Frame 2: A good guy with a gun can and usually does stop a bad guy. This is how many if not most gun-related criminal encounters end and usually with no harm to anyone except perhaps the criminal. The media rarely reports these instances as they don’t help the narrative of a wild west, crazy gun culture out of control. Mass shooting criminals don’t stop until they are shot by other men with guns – either by the police or by armed citizens. Omar Mateen killed away in a gun free zone until terminated by armed police. The cops took 3 hours to do it – citizens usually take a minute or less.
Frame 3: How about a nightclub full of drunks and a couple of sober, armed people.
Frame 4: Couldn’t get much worse than 49 dead, huh?
Under existing Florida law patrons, even with a CCW license, could not legally carry at Pulse, a place that serves alcohol. “A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into … Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose…” Fl. Stat. § 790.06(12)(a)(12)(2016).
Georgia recently amended its corollary law, becoming one of 13 states that allows for firearms carry in bars and places that serve alcohol. HB 60 (2013-14) amended O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127 (2015) so as to remove the prohibition against carrying into bars. However, it is still illegal to discharge a firearm while under the influence except in cases of a valid emergency.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm while: (1) Under the influence of alcohol or any drug or any combination of alcohol and any drug to the extent that it is unsafe for the person to discharge such firearm except in the defense of life, health, and property; (2) The person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more at any time while discharging such firearm or within three hours after such discharge of such firearm from alcohol consumed before such discharge ended…
O.C.G.A. § 16-11-134(a) (2015)
Out of these 13 states I am not aware of any abuse committed by any carrier in a bar. In these jurisdictions bar owners still have the right to refuse entry and service to anyone carrying a gun.
If one applied the cartoonist’s ridicule to alcohol consumption itself, rather than to guns, the result would be prohibition. That has been tried and did not work out so well for us, being the only Constitutional Amendment ever repealed after ratification. Still, there is a “common sense” parallel to be drawn between guns and alcohol, and concerning guns and alcohol. It’s Georgia’s approach. As we have promoted designated drivers, so we should promote designated shooters.
Yes, good guys with guns do stop bad guys with guns – even in bars.