To the contrary

SC's guns in bars law endangers public

Special to The HeraldFebruary 21, 2014 

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley

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In reading recent articles in The Herald and Fort Mill Times, I never cease to be amazed at the poor judgment and lack of common sense of our state legislators. With education not fully funded, underpaid teachers, some of the poorest, pothole-laden roads in the country and an unacceptably high unemployment rate, one would think that issues such as these would be of the highest priority to be addressed.

Locally, it appears that the cries of the citizens of Tega Cay have fallen on deaf ears. It is a shame, scandal and disgrace that our local delegation has done virtually nothing to support these folks who are only asking for clean drinking and sewage-free water. Speaking of safety, what about a law to ban texting and talking on cell phones while driving?

But what would you think that would surpass all of the aforementioned worthy issues that need to be addressed? Why, none other than a concealed carry permit law that would allow holders to carry firearms into restaurants and bars. Do all of you really feel so much safer taking your family, friends or significant others to a bar or restaurant not knowing if someone around you is armed and potentially dangerous?

Guns and alcohol don’t mix, and bullets don’t have eyes. People already can get into enough arguments and confrontations without alcohol. Just ask the widow in Florida whose husband was gunned down by an ex-police officer after an argument about a cell phone. With the stand-your-ground laws in Florida, you can virtually kill someone for looking at you the wrong way and get away with murder.

Several of the legislators mentioned streamlining. All they seem to be concerned about is the rights of the approximately 229,000 residents who have permits. This is an extraordinarily small part of the population of our state. What about the rights and safety of the rest of our citizens? Also, in regard to streamlining, it is a concern that the people who administer the training courses would take shortcuts in training people to make a quick buck.

I am also very dismayed and disappointed that local law enforcement hasn’t taken a stand against this law. This law is going to be burdensome to them and take up a lot of their time unnecessarily.

I think they should be out fighting crime and protecting our citizens rather than wasting time on something as worthless as this.

It is particularly sickening to see politicians playing the fear card. It appears that all they want to do is keep people scared to death.

It is unfortunate that we don’t learn anything from history. All we need to do is remember what great leaders like Franklin Delano Roosevelt said and did. He gave hope and motivation to a country in the throes of the Great Depression and World War II. He said, “All we have to fear is fear itself.”

In conclusion, I would like to commend restaurant owners such as Daniel Holmes for speaking out against this law. I have patronized his business for years and will continue to do so. I hope that the citizens of South Carolina vote with their pocketbooks and think more of their families’ safety than to patronize businesses that kowtow to this absurd, dangerous and preposterous law.

Barry W. Faile is a resident of Fort Mill.

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