Via The Gun Writer.
“True to form, Marion takes the position that the best defense is a good offense,” Gualtieri said. “She goes after people but I don’t care what she says. I’m going to stand up for what I think is right. She needs to get her facts straight before she talks about others getting theirs straight.”
You read it. He has the facts in hand so he knows better. For example:
Wearing a gun could make people a target for criminals, he said. He offered as an example a bank robber who sees a person openly carrying in a bank.
“If the guy turns around and sees that .45, he’s going to blast you,” he said.
Because that has happened
countless of times… Several times… from time to time. So far, there has not been a case where a criminal has shot against an Open Carrier. If there was, you would be sure heard about from every gun control outlet possible.
Gualtieri has also expressed concern for law enforcement officers who will have trouble distinguishing law-abiding citizens from criminals with dangerous intent.
If the deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office cannot distinguish between criminal acts and people going about their business, it is a question of training and basic common sense.
But let me be the first to offer help to the beleaguered and under-trained Gualtieri. I am quoting from the movie Dirty Harry because it is illustrative of the problem you seem to be having:
The Mayor: Callahan… I don’t want any more trouble like you had last year in the Fillmore district. You understand? That’s my policy.
Harry Callahan: Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard – that’s my policy.
The Mayor: Intent? How’d you establish that?
Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through a dark alley with a butcher knife and a hard on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross.
See? Not that difficult.
He said it’s “intellectually dishonest” to say open carry laws are working in the 45 other states because there are so many variations in the laws and the demographics. In Pennsylvania, for example, cities can opt out of its open carry law and some, including Philadelphia, do just that, Gualtieri said. Florida cities don’t have the option to opt out of a state law.
Oklahoma requires the weapon to be holstered. Florida’s bill in its current form does not.
So because there is not uniformity in the Open Carry Laws across the nation, we should not have it in Florida. Does that mean Gualtieri is also opposed to Concealed Carry because of the same lack of uniformity across the nation? Shall Florida dispense with Concealed Carry altogether? I bet he would not mind that.
As for demographics, “You can’t compare Sioux Falls, S.D. to downtown Miami or downtown Tampa or downtown Orlando,” Gualtieri said.
Ah! The Always Available “people in my city/county/state are too stupid and they need to be protected from themselves” excuse. Or when you mention demographics, are you referring about people of other pigmentation that you think should not be able to carry weapons? Sioux Falls has half or less the minorities present in Pinellas County.
“I strongly believe no good-faith permit holder who made a mistake should be charged with anything,” he said. “To me, that’s the middle ground.
Because even if the permit holder is Open Carry legally, your office will arrest him. Just like it happened with George Freeman.
If the whole goal at all costs is to allow people to walk down International Drive with a .45 in their back pocket, there is no middle ground for me.
The goal is for citizens of the State of Florida who already have a Concealed Weapons Permit to openly carry a firearm or not to be jumped by cops because he was carrying concealed and he accidentally displayed it the gun. You seem to forget that the law was changed to cover accidental displays, but it is not being applied maybe because an arrest and conviction for Open Carry is jucier for the statistics. If you were willing to discuss in good faith. maybe something could had been worked out.
So much for “facts.”