Plaxico Burress and The Concealed Carry Argument
When I heard that New York Giants Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg, I wondered how such a stupid thing can happen. I own weapons and break them down from time to time. Still, I have yet to “accidentally” fire any of my handguns. Granted, I never handle a weapon under the influence of alcohol. And although I strongly disagree with many of local regulations regarding firearms, I make a effort to stay on the right side of the law.
Plaxico Burress made his first mistake by carrying his concealed firearm into a Manhattan nightclub. No matter what, alcohol and weapons do not mix. Point blank, there’s not a credible argument otherwise. And, even if Burress went in without the intention of drinking, he still placed himself in an environment where others openly indulge. People with a legitimate need to carry tend to avoid these types of places. After all, such an atmosphere is fertile territory for trouble.
Of course, the Burress situation got further complicated when it was revealed that he didn’t have a New York State permit to carry his handgun. Personally, I feel as though every law abiding citizen should be able to carry a concealed firearm. Still, some states see the matter differently. To enact the necessary changes, we need to work towards changing these silly laws. Simply having a blatant disregard for the established rules cannot be tolerated in a civilized society.
Make no mistake, I wholly disagree with New York’s anti-gun mayor, who publicly stated that Burress should serve the maximum 3 1/2 years. Certainly, that would be an injustice to a man who otherwise has a clean record. Heck, the criminals that Michael Bloomberg loves to coddle rarely see that much time for any offense. That being said, Burress should not be made a martyr for those of us that want these regulations loosened.