- Cullman, Alabama

April 5, 2014

EDITORIAL: Gun bill backfires

The Cullman Times

— State Sen. Scott Beason, a Gardendale Republican, who will soon vacate his seat, is feeling a sense of disappointment that his bill to allow Alabamians to carry loaded handguns in their cars without a concealed weapon permit was shot down this week.

In keeping with true Deep South demagoguery, Beason lamented, “I don’t think you should have to pay for your 2nd Amendment rights.”

Attempting to save face, too, Beason believes the bill failed — and it failed grandly as no one in the Senate would second a motion to approve the bill — because it would deplete revenue generated by selling permits to carry weapons.

Think what you want, senator, but the potential for a lot of bad things is what killed the bill.

An angry motorist with a loaded handgun within reach could wipe out an innocent family in a moment of rage. An unstable gun-toter could drive up to a police roadblock and shoot his way through. The potential for creating a charnel house under Beason’s poorly planned bill has been avoided by a thankful silence among the senators.

Frankly, Beason’s departure from the Senate will be a welcome moment for the state. A bill that proposes loaded guns within hand’s reach in an automobile represents either an effort to grab publicity for a future political initiative or a failure to grasp reality. Either way, it’s dangerous and irresponsible to put such a bill in front of a political body.

Alabama has numerous issues that deserve careful attention. Bills like this are a waste of valuable time and a threat to the  public’s safety. Thankfully, Beason’s bill backfired like a cheaply made handgun.