There is no doubt that the country has reacted strongly since the school shooting in Connecticut. Law enforcement everywhere is taking threats seriously that they might not have before. The debate regarding gun laws is as heated as ever, with President Obama about to make a speech about proposed gun law changes tomorrow.
The combination of the impending speech and possible gun law changes, as well as the tendency of officials to currently take threats more literally, has made for a serious consequence for one Tennessee man. He has lost his right to carry a handgun since officials suspended his permit to do so.
According to The Tennessean, the 42-year-old who lost his handgun carry permit posted a video on YouTube that included a perceived threat of violence against the president. He reportedly said that if the federal government moved forward to set laws that more strictly regulate firearms, he would "start killing people."
If that truly were his intention, authorities have tried to thwart that plan by revoking his handgun carry permit in Tennessee.
Different people have very different views on guns and their place in this country. It is an important matter, a matter that is included in the United States Constitution for a reason. Taking away a person's right to carry a firearm should not be a casual decision. This man, and others like him in similar situations, has the right to challenge the loss of his permits.
Did you see the YouTube video at the center of this specific case? Does the man seem like a real threat to society's safety? Did authorities make a wise decision or an unnecessary one?
Source: The Tennessean, "Camden man's gun permit suspended over threatening video," Jan. 11, 2013