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30 Years After Brady Is Shot, South Carolina Pushes For Guns In Daycares

30 Years After Brady Is Shot, South Carolina Pushes For Guns In Daycares

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan.  Although Reagan managed to survive with no permanent injuries, the same cannot be said for Jim Brady, his press secretary, who remains paralyzed to this day after taking a bullet for his boss.

Three decades later, Brady is still using his influence to push for greater gun control laws in the country, now focusing on re-instituting the restrictions that were passed in early 90′s thanks to his advocacy.  Waiting periods and automatic weapons restrictions were addressed in the Brady Bill passed in 1993, but it expired a few years ago and has not been approved by lawmakers since.

Today, many lawmakers have caved into the pressures put on them by the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, a majority of them Republicans.  Yet if the Republican Party really wanted to be the party of Reagan, they would bring back the controls that expired in 2004, restrictions that even Reagan himself approved of.

Via Politico:

Robyn Ringler was one of Reagan’s nurses at George Washington University Hospital, where he was taken after being wounded on his way out of the Washington Hilton. Now an anti-gun activist, she noted that Reagan endorsed the Brady Bill on the 10th anniversary of the shooting.

While he opposed a push for gun control immediately after the shooting, Reagan wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in March 1991 supporting waiting periods and background checks. He noted that he signed a 15-day waiting period into law as governor of California.

“So even our revered President Reagan really supported this effort,” Ringler said.

Jim Brady, quiet for most of the event, chimed in: “He certainly did.”

But instead of supporting restrictions, today’s Party of Reagan is looking to expand gun ownership rights more than they have ever been expanded before.  In fact, some South Carolina legislators are pushing to allow guns everywhere.

Even in daycare centers.

Think Progress reports:

A proposed law making its way through the South Carolina legislature would loosen gun ownership to an astonishing level. If passed, legal gun owners could bring their weapons to restaurants, day-care centers, and churches. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Thad Viers (R), says that expanding the places that one can carry a concealed weapon in the state is an effective anti-crime measure:

It puts criminals on the defense,” said state Rep. Thad Viers, R-Horry, a co-sponsor of the bill and the owner of about 25 firearms and a concealed weapons permit. “Criminals don’t know if you’re carrying or not.”

Amazingly, the only debate in the legislature appears to be whether the bill goes far enough. Ed Kelleher, president of GrassRoots South Carolina, a powerful gun group in the state, says the bill “violates the constitutional rights of gun owners” because it only allows for adult, state residents to carry guns in these places — not young people or out-of-state residents. “While the bill might make it better for people in South Carolina, it’s going to be a lot worse for others, including those visiting us,” Kelleher said. “We depend on tourism here, and this has chilling effect on that.”

Exactly what sort of crimes are rampant at churches and daycare centers that a person needs to be armed at all times?  Is there a rash of people dipping into the Holy Water, or toddlers stealing each other’s juiceboxes?

Those who advocate for unlimited gun rights point to the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment rights.  But the founding fathers likely never imagined a time where automatic weapons would be capable of unloading dozens of bullets in minutes without the need for reloading.  When the constitution was written, the use of a gun was a slow, deliberate process, with ammunition, powder and reloading.  An accidental shot was unlikely — two in a row was impossible.

 

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7:56AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Children and guns make a VERY dangerous combination

5:17PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

if you forget to put the safety on and a toddler finds and shoots himself/herself or some other kid you gone be up the creek without a paddle

11:15AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Many on this thread who do not support concealed carry of guns for self protection from would be criminals BEGIN WITH the premise that anyone with a concealed carry permit is looking for an excuse to shoot children.

I am out of this debate, since relatively few have any freaking clue as to what concealed carry permits about, how one applies and acquires one, or have ever even shot a gun of any sort whatsoever.

In other words, pun intended, I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with so many unarmed but otherwise thinking people.

1:55AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

That's kind of scary. I'm from a country where there aren't really a lot of guns and the idea of having anyone near my kids with a gun is terrifying, but at the same time so is the idea that there are people out there who have guns and could purposely use them against my children without the protection of the daycare etc. Not something I want to be thinking about really.

3:19AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

In Georgia, they voted to allow bar patrons to carry their guns into bars. Bars --where people are drinking and fights break out at the drop of a hat. SOME PEOPLE HAVE NO COMMON SENSE.

2:48AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Donna H...your "god" & "guns" is a dangerous combination. "Religion" in general is the reason & cause for 99% of the wars on this planet. So many people feel justified in killing someone in the name of their jesus or god. For that reason, there is NO DIFFERENCE between an Al-Quida extremist and a christian extremist. So-called christians are the new religious-Reich...the christian taliban. Owning and carrying a gun is just another "VICE"...just like any other bad habit.

You said " God says in the bible to send the murders to him.Don't you think that means to follow thru on the death penality...", sorry but if there IS a god, then that means to let god handle it himself...not for gun-toting humans to become gods themselves and take it upon themselves to kill someone. That's the same analogy that any extremist believes.

2:22AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Donna H...your "god" & "guns" is a dangerous combination. "Religion" in general is the reason & cause for 99% of the wars on this planet. So many people feel justified in killing someone in the name of their jesus or god. For that reason, there is NO DIFFERENCE between an Al-Quida extremist and a christian extremist. So-called christians are the new religious-Reich...the christian taliban. Owning and carrying a gun is just another "VICE"...just like any other bad habit.

You said " God says in the bible to send the murders to him.Don't you think that means to follow thru on the death penality...", sorry but if there IS a god, then that means to let god handle it himself...not for gun-toting humans to become gods themselves and take it upon themselves to kill someone. That's the same analogy that any extremist believes.

5:52PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Even if a criminal is on the defense and thinks you're carrying a weapon, is that really going to stop him from using his weapon?

4:09AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Tired of hearing about Brady after 30 years.Nothing has been done about gun control or the criminals.It is alwasy the honest law abiding citizen that gets the guff.
My family are hunters ,sportsmen and and law abiding anf the shape our country is in they need to be as armed as they can be so we can be protected on our own borders.I am willing to get a conceal and carry.
The laws in this country are to lineint on the criminals and the death penality should be iinforced more.Illegals should be sent back to there own countries.
God says in the bible to send the murders to him.Don't you think that means to follow thru on the death penality.
Madlleyn Murrah Ohara got the prayer our of the school.One person sid this and I am tired of one person runing my country.Take God out of our lives and our country is ruined,
The politicians are corrupt and afraid to stand up for what they believe or they bow down to wverybody with a hand out who needs a new bridge or something in their sistrict.They need to start working together for the better of the country and forget PArties.We need a lot of work with the infrastructure in this country.
They also need to live and have the same insurance and pay as us and no special retiremen.When they leave office they are ordinary r and Mrs Joe and have to strugle just like the rest of us,

9:25PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

I would not want anyone with a gun near my children. Children cannot tell the difference between a toy gun and a real gun. It's only a matter of time before someone set their gun down and some young child shoots his or her head off.

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