Grandpa, do we conceal and carry?
Well, sometimes Grandma and I carry your bottle when Mom’s away, but we have no need to conceal it. Why?
I’m not talking about bottles, Grandpa. I’m talking about guns. Do we conceal and carry guns?
We don’t, Elijah. We don’t carry guns and, if we did, we wouldn’t conceal them. We like to be open. People who conceal things have something to hide.
That’s not what people in Congress are saying! They think everyone should conceal and carry. Grandpa, do I have to go to school?
Yes. When you’re older you’ll go to school. You have to. Every child in America has to go to school.
I don’t want to!
Sure you do. It’s just like daycare but you’ll be older.
School’s aren’t not like daycare, Grandpa. I saw it on the news. All those kids in Florida got killed. Kids shouldn’t have to go to school. They’re not safe. That’s why the NRA wants conceal and carry to protect us from the bad people.
Okay, now I’m getting your drift. This is really sad.
Yeah! If I have to go to school, I want to conceal and carry!
Hmmm. I see. You think your school will be safer if everyone conceals and carries so you can get the bad guys.
Right. Exactly. I’m not a Democrat any more. I’m a Republican!
I see. That’s your right under the Constitution.
Yeah! I’m going to exercise my Second Amendment rights!
Well, let’s stop and think about this before we decide to carry anything but your bottle. The Second Amendment isn’t the only right in the Bill of Rights. If we keep going the way we’re going, the Second Amendment will be the only part of the Constitution left. America will become a mass firing range.
Grandpa, that’s awful! Can I please have my bottle before I open my lemonade stand?
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, February 15, 2018.