There are days when I feel there is a large contingent of people in this nation that truly do not have functional brains. No, none of you, dear readers, but others seem not to understand this concept of rights being accompanied by responsibilities. I’ve long said that my rights end where they begin to infringe on somebody else’s, but in the United States today, that concept has flown out the window! I often feel these last few years that this country, has gone, as my grandpa used to say, “to hell in a handbasket!”
2nd Amendment freaks!
When I first heard a day or two ago that Texas has passed legislation that would end the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns, I thought surely this must be wrong … how can Texas do such a lunatic thing? It would mean no background checks would be done, no license to even know who owns what guns. But, a bit of research shows me that … Texas would not be the first state to enact such a lunatic law! The bill has passed both chambers of the Texas legislature and Governor Abbott has already said he would sign it, so it’s pretty much a done deal … all over except the shootings, the tears, the useless ‘thoughts and prayers’.
The following states, for example, to not require a permit to carry a concealed handgun:
- Iowa (as of July 1, 2021)
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota (residents only and concealed carry only)
- South Dakota
- Tennessee (as of July 1, 2021)
- Utah (as of May 5, 2021 for concealed carry only)
- West Virginia
- Wyoming (for open carry and concealed carry for residents only. Concealed carry will be legal for all legal U.S. residents as of July 1, 2021.)Source
This means that in those states, people who have never passed a background check, who may be child molestors or domestic abusers, may have serious mental health issues, are walking around with guns in their pockets. Is this not the craziest thing??? Is it any wonder people are opening fire in grocery stores, on the streets, and at birthday parties? If I lived in any of those states, I would never leave my home, and nobody would ever be allowed in! In fact, I’d move!
This nation has gone way too far off the rails when it comes to guns. The 2nd Amendment that the gun nuts love so much was never intended to be abused in this way. The Founding Fathers would be horrified to see what a mockery we have made of the 2nd Amendment, how it has been so badly and intentionally mis-interpreted over the years. I blame the gun manufacturers who put their own greed above our lives; I blame the NRA who have riled the masses, told them blatant lies about what the 2nd Amendment intended, and then bought and paid for members of Congress, largely Republicans, in order to ensure that no sensible gun legislation can ever pass; I blame those same members of Congress; and lastly I blame the fools and idiots in this country who think their right to own a lethal toy supersedes our right to safety.
Is it any wonder that people in every other nation on earth look at the United States and laugh at what bloody fools we are? No, it is not. Were it in my power, I would take every gun in the hands of private citizens and throw them into the ocean! Enough said … my blood pressure just hit a new record high and I must calm down now.
For more information on state-by-state gun laws, or more appropriately lack of gun laws, check out Wikipedia.
And speaking of really, really stupid laws …
You have no further to look than Florida, where it is now against the law to ask employees or customers if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. This is ridiculous and is a tremendous disservice to both employees and customers!
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed executive orders canceling all Covid-related restrictions for the entire state, including mandates for facemasks and rules limiting capacity in public places. At the same time, he also signed into law legislation prohibiting vaccine passport requirements in the state. Said the guv …
“This legislation ensures that legal safeguards are in place so that local governments cannot arbitrarily close our schools or businesses. In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision.”
It should come as no surprise that, per an ABC News report just two days ago …
“Variant COVID-19 infections skyrocketed following spring break in Florida and there have been more than 10,000 variant cases reported throughout the state, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported based on data from the Florida Department of Health.”
In addition to all the lives DeSantis has put at risk with his greed and foolishness, Florida may well have another reason to regret this foolishness, as some cruise lines are already considering moving their business out of Florida. Most cruise lines require proof of vaccinating from both employees and customers. This isn’t discriminatory, it is for public safety, for Pete’s Sake! Do you want to be in close quarters for days on end with somebody who may not show symptoms but may have the coronavirus? I don’t! At least one company, Norwegian Cruise Line, has made its position clear when CEO Frank Del Rio said …
“That’s an issue, but at the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and god forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from. And we can operate from the Caribbean for ships that otherwise would’ve gone to Florida.”
I would bet money that other cruise ship companies will feel the same, for I seriously doubt they want all the lawsuits that could evolve as a result of just one infected passenger or employee.
And now, Filosofa is done ranting and I shall return you to your regularly scheduled programming …