Second Amendment extremists rejoice. Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley just singed into law a bill that would allow patrons of drinking establishments to carry loaded weapons, provided they have a legal permit.
Great, drunks with lethal weapons, right? Well, no. The bill does stipulate that anyone carrying a firearm in a bar cannot be served alcohol. But who needs to consume alcohol to become trigger-happy in a bar? The atmosphere alone in some dives is enough to turn even the soberest individual into a raving maniac.
All that tongue-in-cheek postulation aside, it boils down to the “more guns save lives” argument vs.the “Are you fucking crazy? Laws like these will only cause further bloodshed and turn society into one big shooting gallery” argument. Whichever side of the debate you're on, I think only a complete nimrod which support a bill that combines alcohol and firearms – even if those carrying the heat aren't numbing their noggins. It's just a recipe for further carnage.
Even in the Old West, they soon learned that guns and booze don't mix, and many – if not most towns – began passing laws against it the carrying of firearms in the city limits.
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