I realize the San Francisco Chronicle is not a pro-gun mouthpiece by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, even they soft peddle the gun story in favor of the pro-gun folks. Why do you think that is?
A 29-year-old man who is known to the local cops for his imbibing found that out the hard way in San Bruno.
Christian George Gonzalez was allegedly plastered when he ambled up to two uniformed San Bruno police officers on Feb. 12 just after midnight at a 7-Eleven parking lot, said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County's chief deputy district attorney.
He approached Officer Jack Boland and asked, "Jack, want to check me?" Wagstaffe said, noting that Boland and Gonzalez have "known each other for many years" because of Gonzalez's predilection for alcohol.
Gonzalez had a holstered .40-caliber handgun in plain view on his belt, Wagstaffe said. The officers confirmed that the gun wasn't loaded but that Gonzalez quite visibly was, because he "stumbled backwards and fell into the patrol car," the prosecutor said. Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and was arraigned on the charge last week.
Two weeks before the Feb. 12 incident, Gonzalez had walked into the same 7-Eleven with a gun on his hip and told the clerk that he could carry the weapon as long as he kept it unloaded, authorities said. Seems Gonzalez is in sympathy with an ad hoc movement seeking to increase awareness of gun rights by visibly holstering weapons in public.
Gonzalez is right on target as far as his gun rights are concerned, Wagstaffe said. "He knows the open-carry law," the prosecutor said. "But he was drunk."
Wouldn't a media outlet that is biased against guns emphasize the fact that folks who open carry their weapons are frequently guilty of the same stupid behaviour as everyone else and thereby not fit for gun ownership? Wouldn't anti-gun reporting include a forceful indictment of the police attitude that a guy who "stumbled backwards and fell into the patrol car", is by definition not "right on target as far as his gun rights are concerned?"
This story illustrates another important problem. In States where the "shall issue" policy of granting concealed carry licenses is in effect, the local police who know someone has alcohol or drug or mental health problems are powerless to prevent them from legally carrying a gun. This is a mistake. Gun rights supporters fight against this form of common sense control because they fear the system would be abused. The result is more freedom, yes, but at a very high cost.
What's your opinion? Should a guy like Christian George Gonzalez continue to enjoy his gun rights in spite of his known alcohol abuse? Is it right that a guy like this cannot be stopped until he commits a felony? Isn't this exactly the kind of situation we often look back on after a tragedy and say, "why didn't someone do something?"
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