So if the new South Carolina gun bill passes, anyone who can legally purchase a gun will be able to carry it concealed into restaurants that serve alcohol, churches and school parking lots (in locked glove boxes).
About 15 years ago, friends from our church in Canada invited us to spend our March break on Hilton Head Island. We've never missed a spring visit since. When we retired, we seriously considered buying a condo in Florida, where it's warmer and cheaper, but chose Hilton Head because it's prettier and safer. We want it to stay that way.
If this law passes, folks will not just be allowed to bring concealed weapons into more public places, they will in effect be encouraged to do so, to protect themselves from others with the same right. The whole atmosphere of this beautiful island could change from relaxed contentment to underlying fear. That fear could then grow, causing gun-related violent incidents to increase.
Once people are given the right to carry a concealed weapon, they are afraid not to. Guns are the weapon, but they are not the enemy. The enemy is fear.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Hilton Head every year. If this new gun bill passes, that also might change.
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