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Guns in Nebraska – Freedom for Guns! Less Freedom for the Humans.

Guns in Nebraska:
The NE Senate passed and the Governor signed a bill
to remove all sensible and necessary supervision of handgun ownership and possession here.
I love Nebraska, have lived here over 50 of my years. But this is not good.

Guns in Nebraska - the victims will be NebraskansOh yes – rampant guns in Nebraska.  The bill is “to allow Nebraskans to carry concealed handguns legally without a state permit or state-mandated gun safety training … [and to] strip the authority of officials in Omaha and Lincoln to enforce stricter gun ordinances.”  (Nebraska Examiner, Apr 26, 2023).

  • Suicides will go up.
  • Unpremeditated murders will go up.
  • Utterly guiltless children will die in their own homes.
  • Premeditated murders can be expected to go up.
  • Bullying will go up.
  • Displays of arrogance and aggression will go up.
  • Accidental gun injuries and deaths will go up.
  • Tension and anxiety will go up.

They think more unsupervised guns = more freedom.  But it’s exactly the opposite. They’re bragging about weakening Nebraskans’ freedom, security, peace, quality of life, the attractiveness of NE to potential skilled or tuition-paying newcomers, etc.

But Hey! freedom matters!  We should do this with drivers as well (no training or licensing) – Freedom!  Or with builders, bankers, nurses and doctors, lots of possibilities.  Think how much more freedom Nebraskans could have!  If you want to do it, you do it; that’s freedom, right?

Reversal of Requirements of Civilization

Thanks to this bizarre thinking we reverse a key advance in civilization that followed the settling of the frontier.  The heroic and allegedly hallowed pioneers instituted strict gun controls so new towns could become safer and more welcoming and perhaps grow to be cities.  Now we undo that.  I wonder why?

Playground for the Wealthy

Nebraska’s state government has become the personal playground of the wildly wealthy Ricketts family.  Their money chooses who will become state Senators, who will hold the Governorship, who will be United States Senator. No exaggeration.  And no doubt they  exercise other means of control I don’t know a lot about, especially in Lincoln and Omaha.  Classic playground stuff, folks.  If you don’t like it, the big guys bully you into submission.  This is true.  And this legislation is one undemocratic, deadly result.

Unsafe, Deadly Proliferation of Guns in Nebraska

Because of this fascination with guns, and the illusions of power and freedom guns bring for some people,

  • Suicides will go up.
  • Unpremeditated murders will go up.
  • Utterly guiltless children will die in their own homes.
  • Premeditated murders can be expected to go up.
  • Bullying will go up.
  • Displays of arrogance and aggression will go up.
  • Accidental gun injuries and deaths will go up.
  • Tension and anxiety will go up.

The general welfare doesn’t matter. Actual freedom doesn’t matter.

Repellant

Will this make the state more attractive to potential newcomers?

  • Not for law enforcement personnel.
  • Not for medical personnel.
  • Not for school personnel.
  • Not for prospective university or college students or faculty.
  • Not for ordinary people just trying to live decent ordinary lives.

That’s a lot of people being encouraged to look elsewhere!

I love Nebraska — not so much the new highly “free” Ricketts Gunland.

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