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Concealed weapons permitting needs stricter standard

Road rage stop uncovers a lot in pickup | Jan. 13, article

Gun carry law is frightfully lax

When deputies stopped Jeffrey Bish after a road rage incident because someone claimed he was waving a handgun at motorist out his car window, they found electronics capable of jamming police radios, drugs and a handgun. And guess what? Mr. Bish had an expired Florida concealed handgun license.

Since Florida leads the nation in road rage incidents, guns in cars and concealed handgun permits make these kinds of incidents so much more interesting. My advice is don't aggravate other drivers because in the NRA's shoot-first state, you might end up being confronted by someone like Mr. Bish.

Read about Max Wesley Horn? At a festival in Pasco, he got into an argument with an unarmed man and is accused of gunning him down. According to the newspaper, he had a criminal record and a concealed handgun permit.

Mr. Horn's defense will be the NRA self-defense law. I call it the right-to-commit murder law, which allows anyone with a gun to shoot unarmed people they consider frightening. This trial is going to be very instructive about this horrible law, which claimed the lives of over a dozen unarmed people. This law has nothing to do with self defense, it's all about license.

How many of the 850,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Florida are like Mr. Bish and Mr. Horn? Obviously the majority are stable and law-abiding, but evidence is mounting that far too many are not.

How do so many unstable and dangerous personalities obtain this license? The current vetting system approves a permit for anyone who doesn't have a felony conviction. We all know there are lots of dangerous and unstable people who have never been convicted of a felony and are eligible for this permit.

How can we force people to meet a higher standard of personal and legal behavior before they are eligible for this permit? Well, we have been trying since 1985 to create this higher standard, but every piece of legislation to improve this standard has been defeated by the Florida National Rifle Association, which claims the current standard reduces crime. Sure, and I also believe in the tooth fairy.

Arthur C. Hayhoe, director

Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Inc., Wesley Chapel

Withholding tips imperils service

I gather, after reading the opinion section, that the general consensus is that tipping is an option. Well, if that's the case then serving the food properly and getting your order correct should be an option for the server.

Incidentally, for all the folks who don't like to tip your servers, check out the movie Waiting. Some servers really do that to your food.

Never bite the hand that fees you, or in this case, serves you.

Melissa Jones, Spring Hill

State's gas prices point to rip-off

I think it is time for some of our local officials to investigate how gas prices are being calculated.

In the Crystal River area, the last week, prices rose more than 20 cents a gallon. The price of a barrel of oil went up a week ago $5 or $6 dollars. But since, it has dropped to almost to $40 a barrel as of Jan. 8

I checked the computer and found that a gallon of gas in Inglis was $1.68 and prices in the Crystal River area were $1.80 to $1.95. How can the price be so different?

Incidentally, the lowest price of gasoline in the United States is $1.09 in Aiken, S.C.

It amazes me how we are getting ripped off here in Florida.

Paul D. Williams, Crystal River

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