Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Shorter New Mexican Politicians: "We Need to Reduce Our Population through Violent Means"

This is obviously a terrible idea:

A bill that would allow concealed handguns in some restaurants that serve beer and wine has been pre-filed for the 2010 legislative session, which begins later this month. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, would allow concealed handguns in “a restaurant licensed to sell only beer and wine that derives no less than 60 percent of its annual gross receipts from the sale of food for consumption on the premises.”
I just don't understand the purpose of this type of proposal. Why on earth would anybody need a concealed weapon in a beer/wine bar or restaurants (since 60% of the income apparently must come from food)? I don't buy the whole "self-defense" bit. You know what's good self defense? Not having to worry about some drunk shooting you unexpectedly. I suppose my favorite haunts are probably off limits on this, as they also serve hard liquor. Still, this just screams "stupid idea" all over, and the fact that a similar bill has already passed New Mexico's house just leaves me more depressed. Maybe I'll go have a drink...