So…who is Tom Palmer?
He’s someone who we, as gun-owners and gun-rights proponents should be thanking, as he was one of the lead plaintiffs in the 2008 Heller vs DC Supreme Court case that opened up the examination of the Second Amendment after almost a century and a half since the last time it was truly tested at SCOTUS.
This is from an op-ed he penned back in June 2016. Here are his opening paragraphs, followed by a link to his op-ed.
Do yourself a favor…read the whole thing. Its worth a few minutes of your time.
There has been jubilation on the internet at the massacre of peaceful people who were killed because they were gay and they were Americans. That made them a “twofer” for the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.
It’s time to fight back. No more gun-free designated massacre zones. If there had been armed people with concealed carry permits inside the Pulse nightclub, the zealot who had pledged allegiance to ISIS could have been stopped. Dozens of lives could have been saved.
I say that as a gay man who has himself carried a weapon for protection.
Let’s get one thing very clear. Gun control advocates disarmed the victims at that night club. Florida law states unequivocally that even a concealed carry permit “does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose.”