IRISH PUB IN NYC: FROM HELLO TO GUN CONTROL
I met a guy in an Irish pub the other day . . .
My friend and I were in New York City staying at The Fitzpatrick Hotel (an authentic Irish hotel.) The hotel had an Irish pub attached, and the bartender was Irish. Most of the patrons were from Ireland, Britain, and England. We even had drinks and talked a while with a Lord from the House of Commons.
One of the patrons (a young man from Ireland) was interested in my friend. She was twice his age. It was very flattering. I guess he thought we were Cougars.
When he found out we were from Texas, he started ranting about the gun control policy. He said guns are not allowed in Ireland. I asked him what would happen in Ireland if someone started shooting people standing on a street corner; he said they would call the police. I explained to him that in Texas most of the people standing on the corner would pull out their guns and shoot back.
Texas has a strict open-carry policy — stringent background checks, classes, target shooting, and tests. I haven’t heard or read about an innocent public civilian being intentionally shot by anyone with a license to carry, but I have heard about a licensed carrier shooting an unlawful gunman.
I believe guns should be registered, and background checks should be done. There should be a 5-day waiting period. Of course, that only works if the vendor, mental health providers, and government agencies work together.
I’m not willing to put the time into target practice, so I don’t own a gun.
cafe photo from mikestravelguide.com
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