092210_1218_Soberinggun1.jpgIt’s a sad commentary that such action would even be necessary, but the folks at North Carolinians Against Gun Violence have launched a petition in which they call on caring and thinking people to join them in opposing legislation that would force deadly weapons into even more hands and safe places than they’re already allowed in our gun-crazy state.

Here’s the text:

Dear North Carolina General Assembly and Governor,

The undersigned North Carolinians voice their strong opposition to provisions in HB 562 that put residents of our our state in grave danger by expanding the kinds of places where guns are allowed and removing the pistol permitting system.

The pistol permitting system has been North Carolina’s solution to a federal exemption that allows private dealers to sell a gun without performing a background check. We are one of 17 states that have require all dealers, including private ones, to perform a background check. In states like ours that require background checks for private handgun sales:

  • 46 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners
  • There are 48 percent fewer firearm suicides, while the rates of suicide methods are nearly identical
  • There are 17 percent fewer firearm aggravated assaults
  • 48 percent fewer law enforcement are shot to death with handguns

By eliminating this successful permitting system, requiring arduous requirements for gun free signs, requiring employers to allow employees to secure a handgun in their vehicle at work, allowing concealed carry by people who are in locked cars at schools, and allowing guns at the N.C. State Fair everywhere but on rides, this bill makes our state less safe for all of us.

We urge you to oppose these provisions.


Click here to learn more.


State Fair cartoonIt’s beginning to look that way. reports that:

“A gun rights group on Thursday asked for a temporary restraining order to keep the state agriculture department from banning lawfully concealed weapons at the North Carolina State Fair, which starts next week.”

Doesn’t that make you want to be riding on “The Vortex” or some other wild roller coaster next week knowing that the fool in the next car over is packing a hidden, loaded handgun?

I mean, what could go wrong?

NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

If the recent actions of State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in upholding the ban on hidden, loaded handguns at the North Carolina State Fair has been enough to convince you that there may still be a little bit of hope for the Old North State, check out the “thank you” campaign that’s been organized by the good people at North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.

As the thank you note states:

Dear Commissioner Troxler:

Thank you for keeping the ban on concealed weapons at the NC State Fair.  Everyone should feel safe at our state fairgrounds.  We hope that people will listen to your message to leave their guns in the car or at home so that everyone can have a safe time at the fair.

Thanks again,

Click here to learn more and/or add your name to the list.


Recently the staff at the Pope-Civitas Institute became concerned that some were confusing their group with an unrelated media company known as Civitas Media — which had supposedly been seeking public  records related to individuals with licenses to carry concealed weapons.

As it turns out, the story about Civitas Media was unfounded, but that didn’t stop the Pope-Civitas folks from sending out a fundraising letter last Friday featuring this photo of staff members demonstrating their support for guns and “concealed-carry.”   The photo is also posted on the Pope-Civitas website (which you can view by clicking  here).


Call me old-fashioned, but I find both of the following stories sobering and depressing.

#1 – Protesters at the national political conventions this summer may well be armed to the teeth with concealed weapons.

#2- A Wake County School Board member running for State Auditor (that appears to be her on the left — the photo is from the Facebook page promoting the event)  thinks it’s a good idea to have a “shooting range fundraiser.”