In a very candid, no-nonsense interview with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit organization that covers criminal justice, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn blasted open carry, calling it “lunacy.”
Chief Flynn made no bones about his disdain for laws that protect one’s right to keep and bear arms openly in public, saying, “The law is, quite simply, lunacy. It’s lunacy in an urban environment.”
“These laws get passed overwhelmingly for ideological reasons, and, marginally to offer comfort to people who live in rural areas, where everyone knows everyone, and where the casual carrying of a hunting-style weapon no doubt causes little alarm,” he continued.
Flynn griped about state pre-emption laws that keep municipalities from passing their own gun regulations. From his perspective, a state Legislature’s one-size-fits-all approach to gun ownership is a mistake as cities face different challenges than rural and even suburban communities.
“I mean, right now in Milwaukee, we don’t have any rights to govern ourselves when it comes to firearms,” said Flynn.
“We’re totally at the mercy of the state legislature, and they decided there can’t possibly be enough guns in Milwaukee,” he added. “The law is written in such a way as to casually and legally arm criminals. It is written in such a way as to flood the streets of our cities with high-quality firearms.”
Perhaps it goes without saying, but Flynn is no fan of modern sporting rifles nor those open-carry advocates who opt to carry their modern sporting rifle around town.
“If we’re going to make these weapons available to anyone who wants them, to parade around in public spaces, perhaps during elections, perhaps outside polling booths,” lamented Flynn.
“Is this notion that the framers really wanted to build into the Constitution, the destruction of democratic institutions? That’s the logic of these idiotic laws,” he went on. “The logic of these idiotic laws is political violence, and mass casualties.”
Anyways, you get the idea. Flynn is emphatic in his opposition to open carry. In truth, a sizable portion of the gun community is divided on open carry. Many believe, as do I, just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. In other words, I’m pro-open carry but at the same time I’m pretty sure that concealed carry is the way to go 90-95 percent of the time.
Where do you stand on open carry and what are your thoughts about Flynn’s opposition to open carry laws?