The major media outlets are reporting today the Arizona fugitives are suspected to have left Montana and are now in the state of Arkansas.
If they have left the Yellowstone area, they made an intelligent move on their part. Visitors in Yellowstone have been able to follow state firearms laws while there, therefore able to open carry or conceal carry according to Montana and Wyoming laws. Arkansas laws are strongly against the carry of handguns for self-defense.
This means a Chinese tourist traveling through Yellowstone had better and easier means of defending themselves against these violent fugitives than the people of Arkansas do tonight.
The couple has possibly been seen in Gentry, a town in the far Northwest corner of Arkansas (near National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas), where it is believed they robbed a beauty shop and tied the workers before leaving. Last week, an Oklahoma couple was killed; it is believed the fugitives were involved. They have proven they are prone to violence, and may attack again.
This state has no means for its citizens to immediately arm themselves with handguns when leaving their home, unless we pay the “gun tax” and obtain a concealed carry permit. What if I don’t want to conceal? What if I choose not to ever carry a gun unless events such as these occur? Even though the Second Amendment and the State Constitution explicitly details our right to “bear” arms, the state legislature refuses to allow us to protect ourselves unless we pay the gun tax. Forty-three states in this country allow their people to open carry, but Arkansas refuses to treat us as normal citizens with rights.
God help the people of Northwest Arkansas tonight, especially if you are out camping, fishing or simply driving.
UPDATE on fugitives:
Benton County authorities are saying now the Arizona fugitives are not responsible for the beauty salon holdup. Federal law enforcement is now stating the Arkansas lead was a dead end.
Yesterday I wrote about William Clark, the nut-job who continues to impersonate as a captain in the U.S. Army. I told of him being approached by an active-duty soldier at a gun show in Georgia; this was wrong. The gun show was in Alaska. I regret the mistake, and hope it did not hinder an investigation of this idiot.
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