Thanks to Governor Scott Walker, gay men and lesbians will be able to sleep a little more securely come November in the Badger State thanks to legislation he signed giving our fellows there the resources to better protect themselves against bashers. That good man, Ed Morissey reports
. . . signed a bill that made Wisconsin the 49th state to allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms. Walker had tried to get the bill passed for years while a state legislator, but his Democratic predecessor, Jim Doyle, and Democrats in the legislature had stymied those efforts. This time the bill passed with bipartisan support and allows Wisconsin residents to get permits on a must-issue basis — meaning that the state cannot deny a permit application without justifiable cause, such as a felony record
The law takes effect November 1. Most states, Morrissey notes have seen “a decrease in crimeafter the enactment of such legislation”. If anti-gay thugs knows that gay people could be packing, they’ll be less likely to attack.
Legislation which allows all people to defend themselves allows gay people to protect themselves. The more free we are, the more rights we have.
FROM THE COMMENTS: MikeSilver writes:
No need to limit the bill’s positive benefit to Gays. It benefits minorities, Jews, poor, disabled, seniors, just about everyone except criminals.
Check out this report from GeorgiaCarry.Org which uses FBI Uniform Crime Report data to prove that more people carrying guns reduces crime:
Good point. A bill need not be gay-specific to advance gay rights.