So, as I mentioned yesterday, I was up in Maine with Wally doing some shooting. We met at the local Cabelas before we hit the range, and I do have to say it was quite a culture shock. I had no idea that there were stores of that kind any where. They sell guns there - don't they know those things are dangerous? Not only that, but they sell ammunition for those guns! And magazines! Knives! Axes! All kinds of sharp, pointy, shootie stabby things are for sale there, and they don't even require you to have a permit to buy them!
Obviously the state of Maine must have a sky-high violent crime rate, right?
You mean to tell me that in a state where the average person can just walk into a store and buy a machete, a rifle, or a compound bow, the streets aren't running red with blood? It's actually the *least* violent state in the nation? How can that possibly be? Especially since California - the only state to garner a Brady "A" rating - is the 14th most violent state.
And Maine even allows things like this to be sold:
Look at that! They're marketing toy firearms to children! FEMALE children! THE HORROR!!!!
But yeah, Maine is the least violent state in the union. They're "shall issue" for concealed carry permits. Allow open carry. Do not require any sort of permit to own a firearm. Do not have any sort of "assault weapons" prohibitions or "approved firearms rosters". And yet they're more than twice as safe as 20th ranked Massachusetts, which does have all those things. Why, it's almost like the rules and laws don't matter to the criminals.
My hope is that someday we'll look back and laugh at the quaint notion that banning a bayonet lug would somehow reduce crime. In the future I hope we are wise enough to see that a piece of paper does not magically make someone more trustworthy with a concealed firearm. Maybe we'll even mature enough to see that forcing honest people to jump through hoops because criminals misuse tools doesn't work - and we can start focusing on punishing the criminals instead...
And while I'm dreaming, I'll take the lottery numbers for the next Powerball...
That is all.