Guns? Any talk of gun restrictions in public places, such as at the Minnesota State Fair, is questioned by the gun rights extremists. Some of these folks believe that no one can restrict their rights for any reason whatsoever. Pigs are not protected by the Second Amendment. Actually, unfettered access to guns and gun rights are not protected by the Second Amendment either:But to Osterholm, the severity of illnesses being caused by the current flu virus isn't the central issue."The primary concern is that, with eachMichael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. (Courtesy to Pioneer Press)one of these transmissions, there's more opportunity for this virus to mutate," Osterholm said. "Is this, in fact, the breeding ground for the next pandemic strain?"The origins of the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 can be traced to pigs in Mexico, Osterholm said, although public health officials learned that lesson only after the fact. The virus jumped to humans and mutated so that it could efficiently spread from person to person, he said.By late 2009, federal officials estimated that H1N1 pandemic flu had sickened 50 million Americans and killed about 10,000."It was a swine-based H1N1 virus that became transmissible in humans," Osterholm said. "What we don't know is what led up to that."
As a matter of law, this was an easy case. The Ninth Circuit now joins the Third, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits which have all rejected claims that the Second Amendment guarantees a right to own machine guns. Nevertheless, it is an important reminder that the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment cases still permit robust gun regulation. As conservative Justice Scalia explained in his Heller opinion, the Second Amendment not only does not apply to “dangerous and unusual” weapons, it also does not apply to “longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”Restrictions on where guns can be carried are constitutional. So are restrictions on who can carry them and what types of guns can be owned. Because elected leaders wrongly believe they can't engage in a discussion about gun policy, people are dying every day from bullets. People are not dying every day from Swine Flu. But we take precautions anyway because we know that if we don't, more people could be infected with this disease, get sick and potentially die. That is the right thing to do. We should be treating guns the same way. Prevention is prudent and in the best interests of public health and safety.
I will be attending the Minnesota State Fair this week-end. I'm happy to know that public health officials are looking out for my health by considering whether the swine at the fair will be disease free and therefore safe for visitors. Fair officials are also letting visitors know that guns are not welcomed at the fair. Check out this article for the response from the Minnesota gun rights extremists about banning guns from the fair. Never mind what makes common sense. The gun guys will come with their guns anyway. They don't care that the good folks running the fairgrounds don't want to see guns in a place packed with humanity where crowds are gathered and people might cut in line. Remember my post about the 2 men at the Rite Aid store where one gun guy is now dead and another in jail- all over cutting in line. It can happen. Why would we let it? Check out this interesting discussion about carrying loaded guns at state fairs. I particularly like this comment from the article:
One person on this website wisely said he would store his gun in his car because he would be going on rides with his kids. I guess that makes sense. He must realize that being on rides with a loaded gun is not only inconvenient but potentially dangerous for so many reasons. But storing guns in cars is also not a good idea. They get stolen. That is why carrying loaded guns around is so ridiculous. There's no safe place to put them when you want to just have a good time or you are prohibited. They are inconvenient. It's also inconvenient when a loaded gun discharges accidentally or gets stolen. It's inconvenient if a law abiding gun owner makes a mistake and shoots someone unnecessarily in a crowd or when someone takes cuts in the Sweet Martha's Chocolate Chip Cookie line. There is always a crowd and long lines at that venue as it is one of the most popular places at the Minnesota State Fair."One person wrote on the website: "I really hope the authorities will be looking for guns this year. With all you posting about bringing your guns I am really scared to go this year."Another person writes: "Despite the 'rules' of the Fairgrounds, despite what we all know happens when a gun is fired into a crowd of people, despite the pleas of mothers BEGGING for a gun free fair, despite the fact that everyone who has a permit to carry SHOULD KNOW BETTER than to take a gun to the fair some are hell bent on carrying a gun at the fair. ... The only responsible thing to do to prevent you who cannot eat a corndog without your gun from ruining the fair for the majority of residents is to install metal detectors to KEEP YOU OUT!""
Gun rights advocates believe they can carry their guns at the state fair and advise their friends to go ahead and carry. But here is an interesting comment from this article that lends some better advice:
It just plain makes common sense to keep loaded guns away from families who are at the fair for a good time. That is what the fair is all about and that is why public health officials are looking out for us by carefully watching the pigs for a disease that can spread and infect people. And that is why fair officials understand that allowing loaded guns inside the fairgrounds has the potential for causing harm to the public.I read your section on Carry at the State Fair. I am a retired Duluth police officer and have worked as part-time Minnesota State Fair police officer. I only worked during the Minnesota State Fair, a.k.a the Great Minnesota Get Together. I became very disturbed with the position you posted on this matter.During the fair the state fairgrounds becomes a business, you pay to get in, thus the Ag. Society reserves the right to restrict gun permit holders in their place of business. The Minnesota State Fair police are instructed to remove any violators without a big scene being created for the CCRN.I am a LIFE Member NRA and certified by the State of Minnesota to Instruct Concealed Carry. I do not advocate to my students that they have the right to enter the Minnesota State Fair grounds during the fair with a concealed handgun. During paid events the fairgrounds are every much a business, and a big business at that, as the Miller Hill Mall. During non-paid events to enter you can carry on the property. The position you list encourages permit holders to trespass during paid events. It only serves to undermine the idea that permit holders are law abiding. It would be foolish to challenge the law in this manner. I quit the CCRN over their position on this matter.