Submitted by cbaus on Thu, 06/09/2011 – 07:00.

by Ken Hanson, Esq.

“Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

While there is no definitive source for this quote (conflicting sources have it going all the way back to Napoleon), it clearly encompasses two things that are happening in the media coverage of the two Restaurant Carry bills pending in the Ohio General Assembly.

The malice is coming from the interest groups opposing the law. These groups are spreading deliberate misinformation as wide and as far as possible. The stupidity is coming from those who listen to them.

A good example of this is the media coverage of bartenders/bar owners under the impression they are responsible for verifying a patron is unarmed prior to serving the patron.


Given the number of media outlets (article, editorial, editorial, editorial, article, article, etc.) covering this exact same topic, this “angle” is obviously a plant from some source opposed to the bill.

In three years of testimony (dating back to last session in the House and Senate committees) there has NEVER been a single bit of testimony or evidence offered suggesting that bartenders or bar owners are involved in enforcement of the proposed law. Yet clearly the idea that the property owner is somehow responsible, or liable, for enforcing the law has clearly been established via the talking points circulated by those opposed to the bill.

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