Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Curry Todd Needs to Rethink Continuing to Carry a Gun

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 6:10 AM

The news broke yesterday that Curry Todd — who you may remember was arrested and recently indicted for drunk driving and weapons charges — will be allowed to keep his gun permit while charges are pending.

Okay, fine — but why would he want to?

I don't know Todd, but I do know a lot of folks who carry guns and they seem to fall into two camps. The vast majority view their guns as tools to be used in appropriate situations. A small minority think that a gun makes them an invincible superhero. It's the difference between "I hope I never have to shoot someone" and "I will shoot anyone who messes with me or my family."

I don't know which category Todd falls into, but he's alleged to have sped down a two-lane city street in a residential neighborhood doing 60 in a 40 while swerving out of his lane. That makes me concerned that he might think that he's an invincible superhero, especially when he's been drinking.

But if he wants the public to feel confident in his contriteness, shouldn't he make some gesture to show that he understands how serious it is that the allegations against him include a drunken weapons charge?

Once upon a time, back when Curry was defending guns-in-bars, he said, "I just ask you to vote your conscience to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families."

I wonder if Curry gets that he now seems to be the kind of person law-abiding citizens need to protect themselves from? If he thinks he still needs to carry a gun with weapons charges pending against him, I kind of doubt it.

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