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Calif. Advances Bill To Ban Carrying Unloaded Guns

I respect, and do not question, the constitutional side of your (DanDawson) remarks. However, you left this comment: "it has never caused problems"

Yes, it has caused problem. As stated in the supporters arguments for the bill "police officers called to a scene where a gun was displayed have to treat the situation as a threat." This has happened. Speaking as a retired law-enforcement officer, I consider that a problem.

I see no "common sense" in carrying an unloaded firearm. Unless you use it to hit someone, it has no defensive purpose. If it is supposed to make a potential criminal think twice about confronting you, it will do the same thing to honest people. There is no way for anyone to know if someone with an open-carry weapon is an law-abiding honest citizen - a mentally unbalanced person - or a criminal. So, until I know otherwise, I will have a totally rational concern as to the intentions of any such person doing so.

While I was in law enforcement, I had my life threatened by people who were able to carry out that threat. I was also shot at by criminals. By federal law, I am still allowed to carry a firearm. And yet, I would never wear it where it would be publicly visible because of the worry it would cause honest people.

June 2, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Fascinating History Of Halloween

I experienced two of the items discussed on today's program. I 'Trick-Or-Treated for UniCEF' in the late 1950s. That is my earliest memory about Halloween.

Unfortunately, I distinctly remember something happening which the guest said was a myth: poisoned Halloween candy. I lived in Pasadena, Texas in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1974, a man in the area (Ronald O'Bryan) took out insurance on his own children. He mixed poison into some candy called Pixy Sticks. These were long straws filled with a sweet-sour, granulated powder. O'Bryan gave gave some of these out to hide the fact that he was trying to kill his own child to collect the insurance. One of his children did die.

This event put a significant damper on Trick Or Treating in the area the next year. However, because of this event, more attention was placed on only allowing children to collect candy from people they knew, only accepting store-bought candies with packaging which appeared to be tamper-free, and more group organized events.

Here is just one link to an internet story about O'Bryan's crime:

October 29, 2009 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )