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Former ATF particular agent tears open carrying legal guidelines after Boulder, CO mass capturing

On the Rachel Maddow Show, the retired ATF special agent in charge, Jim Cavanaugh tore up the carry laws that allowed a mass shooter to carry his gun to a supermarket in Boulder, CO.

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Retired ATF special agent Jim Cavanaugh told #Madow that America needs to rethink open carry laws after the boulder shoot. Cavanaugh argues that these laws make it easier for criminals to carry out their crimes. pic.twitter.com/7O1gBHO8sG

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Cavanaugh said:

But look, here is the problem we have in America with these open carry laws. If you’re in a supermarket checkout and a man is walking across the parking lot with a gun in a state where people can open carrying rifles, is he an active shooter who comes to shoot everyone in the supermarket, or is he a man with a legal rifle? That’s why these laws are so bad. We don’t need such laws, open wearing. We have had her in America for years. The guy can come in. Who knows what he’s going to do with his rifle. You know it’s just sad It’s sad that we have to do that. It doesn’t stop people from owning a gun.

It does not prevent people from shooting with a rifle, protecting themselves, and hunting. Why do we have to allow them to carry it across a supermarket parking lot and until he decides to pull the trigger, only then can we be informed of what he might be doing. America should reconsider many of these open carry laws. These people don’t even have to hide the gun to get to where they will commit their mass murders. We don’t know exactly what he did here. Maybe he hid the gun or not. He is reportedly in a supermarket with a long gun, and from what little information reporters were able to get, there are some mass casualties.

The Boulder Police don’t release much information, but this is a mass shooting of mass victims. Rachel Maddow’s coverage of the Boulder situation is based on common sense.

The Guns Lobby (NRA) continues to push the lie that anyone who doesn’t want everyone to have as many guns as they want is trying to confiscate all guns.

The reality is that open-carry laws make it easier for criminals to commit their crimes. The second amendment does not say anything about the right to carry a weapon in public. It’s common sense. Without open carrying laws, a man walking across a supermarket parking lot with a long gun would not have been treated like a normal piece of landscape.

A little common sense would go a long way in preventing mass shootings.

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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.

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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association

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