Anne Arundel County exec has poor opinion of gun owners

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Anne Arundel County in Maryland is one of the more affluent counties in the nation. However, they’re not in the top ten or anything, but they’re up there.

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Yet they still have problems, just like everywhere else. One county executive, however, also has a poor opinion of gun owners.

Let me back up a bit.

It seems there was a mass shooting recently. Three were killed, and another three were wounded at a party there.

Now, leaders are looking for solutions. This isn’t shocking, and since this is Maryland, gun control is on the table.

But there were some comments that, well, rubbed me the wrong way.

Anne Arundel County leaders on Wednesday announced new plans to combat gun violence. The news followed the Annapolis mass shooting that killed three and hospitalized three others after a birthday party parking dispute.

“When somebody is frustrated with their neighbor because they parked 17 inches past the corner of their driveway, if there’s a gun in that house, there’s a bad outcome,” County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) said at a press conference. “We need to reduce the numbers of guns.”

Read that again.

If there’s a gun in the house and you become frustrated, “there’s a bad outcome.”

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Not, there might be a bad outcome or there is the chance of a potentially bad outcome, but there is a bad outcome.

In other words, folks, you simply cannot be trusted to throttle your frustrations and deal with them in a reasonable manner because you’re a gun owner. You’re just going to get your gun and indiscriminately kill people.

Pittman really doesn’t have a good opinion of people like you or me, does he?

Honestly, at this point, I don’t actually care what he has to say about anything else because it’s clear he doesn’t see gun owners as anything but a problem to be solved. He doesn’t want to work with them to find a way to address the violence without infringing on people’s rights.

No, they’re all just one bad day away from acting like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

What Pittman said, while possible–maybe even probably–is a gaffe, it’s still indicative of how many people in positions of power view responsible gun owners. He sees us not as law-abiding citizens or good, decent people who just want to live their lives in peace.

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No, he thinks we’re going to flip out and shoot up a party because someone can’t park worth a damn.

For the record, I’ve dealt with that frustration before, only there was no chance of getting around the illegally parked car. I never shot anyone over any such thing. Why would I? Unless the bad parker responded with violent threats with a visible weapon, there’s no reason to.

I just called the police and let them handle it.

Yes, someone apparently didn’t handle it nearly so well, but that’s the exception, not the rule. There are an estimated 400 million guns in a nation of 330 million people. If gun owners were really one bad day away from committing a massacre, it’s a wonder anyone is still alive in this country.

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