I suppose that depends on what we think the process is for. I would have hoped that gun permits serve the very important role of making sure that gun owners are more likely than they otherwise might be to know how to properly handle guns, and that guns are kept out of the hands of people who will do damage with them.
Japete at Commongunsense.com suggests that this is not necessarily the case:
In the last few days it seems like an epidemic of gun permit holders and/or “law abiding” gun owners gone wrong. O … It’s the real life stories about permit holders using their loaded guns carelessly in public places. They are frequently in the news. Let’s make a list of just a few in the past few days to highlight what I am talking about:
- An Indiana permit holder gets angry over the wax job on his car at a car wash and wields his gun- …
- This Nevada man was found naked on his back porch having discharged his gun in the neighborhood, ..
- Ohio man shot himself with his loaded gun as he was getting out of his car. …
- A Washington state permit holder shot and killed a young woman at a party over the week-end. …
Have a look at: Keeping score for the details of these cases and analysis.
Meantime, approximately eight children die each and every day as a result of gun violence in the United States. Adults are already at elevated risk in areas where guns are allowed in the workplace, and now there are efforts to allow guns into schools and on campuses. The permit process is broken, and despite the fact that guns and schools don’t mix certain pro-gun factions would like to see prohibitions against carrying deadly weapons in places like schools relaxed or eliminated.
According to Violence Policy Center’s Legislative Director Kristen Rand, “Like clockwork, each month the number of innocent victims killed by concealed handgun permit holders continues to mount. Concealed carry doesn’t benefit public safety. Concealed carry only benefits the gun industry and gun lobby, who exploit it as the last great firearms marketing opportunity.”
Why is the permit process so broken? This is very frustrating. Imma go to Starbucks and get a cup of coffee and think about this.