In a prime example of shlock reporting, KSL News has managed to screw up a simple story. They talked to a 3 people in putting this story together. 1. Another KSL Reporter. 2. Some dude from back east. 3. An Anti-Gun Reporter named Gunn. They didn’t talk to anyone else in Utah… like Utah Gun Owners. They could have gone to any of the Dealers in Utah, talked to some Utah Instructors… But they didn’t. It’s as if they wanted to keep distance from the topic as much as possible. The other thing that bugs me… KSL has called Utah, “Gun Land“. This is a tag I’ve never heard. So I did a search and the only reference to Gun Land, other than the Deseret News bit that was mentioned, was another article… this time from the SLC Tribune Blog, in an Opinion Piece.
I’ll give Utah credit for being
more gun friendly less restrictive of freedom than other states… But Utah still has some gun laws that make no sense. For example, you can carry Open. But the gun must be unloaded. Cops in SLC will give you a flying tackle and point their loaded weapons at you – probably charge you with something or make you otherwise leave – but you are legal to carry. That sounds great, doesn’t it? Oh, but if you do have a Concealed Carry Permit – then you can carry your gun openly and loaded as it should be. Unless you are out Hunting. Then it has to be concealed because, you know… if you are out during bow season with your 1500 dollar Hoyt bow set up, and you stalk a big Mule Deer to get within range… You just might forget what you are doing and pull your 500 dollar Glock 9mm and bust a cap in that venison instead of lancing it through with a Razor Cap Broadhead.
Why would the reporter care enough to include Mr. Gunn’s “I don’t think it’s healthy” comment but not get some information from the majority of Utahns that do support the Second Amendment? And that guy from out of State, that was a Skype Interview. WTF, I bet this Reporter didn’t even leave the floor of the KSL building to do this story.
This was very poor reporting. No effort was put into it. No mention that there are now 2 or 3 other states working on their own State Guns? No? But she led off the report mentioning that we have a State Gun. Or was this story about Out of State Permit Holders? No mention that people also go for Florida and other states Permits? And what about questioning the fact that people have to have a Permit to exercise a Right? I don’t need a Permit to exercise my 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech. Do I need a Permit for the 3rd Amendment to keep the National Guard out of my Living Room?
Hold on a Second… “Sargent, please… put my wife’s Sunday Dress back in the closet… No, I don’t think it’s your color. Hey, Private, muddy boots off the Table, please. Thank you!”
I can understand the Permit required for a Privilege. Such as Driving. There is no Right to Drive a Car on a public road. That’s a Privilege granted by the State. But the RIGHT to keep and BEAR arms is not a Privilege, but people insist on treating it as such. Utah is strict on the non official policy of keeping guns out of sight. We have many confusing and restrictive laws. Utah is not Gun Land by any means.
How about looking at States that allow it’s Citizens to carry concealed With Out a Permit? Vermont? Alaska? The have what is called “Constitutional Carry”. Something that Utah needs. Such a concept wasn’t mentioned in the news report. I guess they didn’t want to tarnish Utah’s Gun Land Mojo that they have invented and are trying to promote.