It’s a loaded (gun) issue

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Will someone explain why you need a loaded gun in the car?

I just don’t get it, and frankly, the thought of it scares me to death.

I travel quite a bit. Thankfully, not as much as in years past since Mia girl has outgrown her need for her three times a month doctor appointments in Birmingham, but still, the girls and I keep the roads pretty hot, traveling here and there.

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The Alabama Legislature’s “guns in cars” idea” has been called by some as the “road rage bill.” Before the legislative spring break, Sen. Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) said he had not given up hope for passing his bill that would allow people to carry a loaded pistol in their vehicles without a permit.

Under the law now, a pistol in a vehicle has to be unloaded and locked out reach of the driver and passengers unless the owner has a concealed carry permit issued by the county sheriff.

Bobby Timmons, executive director of the Alabama Sheriffs’ Association, said the association opposes the bill. Timmons said a weapon in a vehicle is a concealed weapon – and I agree with him.

My Mr. Man is a policeman in Covington County. Thankfully, he’s not a patrolman who stops cars everyday for 12 hours straight, but I’ve heard the stories.

I read somewhere that there are two kinds of drivers in this world – idiots and maniacs.

Cracked out drivers are in the former category, while I am in the latter. I know I drive to fast, follow to close and do all those things they tell you not to do in driver’s ed – which means that I would probably be the one to get shot as soon as more drivers start packing heat.

Driving down the interstate I’ve seen obscene gestures and road rage in its prime form. I am confident I would have seen a shooting or two had one – or both – of those drivers had a loaded pistol in their vehicle.

And that’s scary.