02.27.10

Luke Scott, Would-Be Gilbert Arenas of the Big Leagues

Posted in Baseball, Firearms, General at 7:14 pm by

Luke Scott is something of a CSTB favorite, both because of his proud evangelizing for concealed-carry firearm-related heroism — original version here, enhanced-danger remix here — and improbable at-bat music. But mostly because of a degree of loud-and-proud gun nuttery intense enough to get Charles Bronson added to the “Most Similar” listings on his Baseball Reference page. Brendan Flynn delivers the news — as well as what I’m going to more or less run as a guest post — on Scott’s newest cause. Namely, Scott’s fervent hopes to exercise his right to bear arms in the Baltimore Orioles locker room, as reported by the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. Here’s Zrebiec, quoting Scott:

“There is a good reason behind the rule, I can’t deny that,” Scott says. “The reason is you cannot trust 25 guys in a locker room to have the same respect and training as I do with a weapon. That I do understand. I’ve carried a gun for 10 years. I’ve carried them in the locker room, and nobody really knows about it. I know how to handle myself, and I stow it away where nobody really knows about it.

The ban was actually put in place in July, largely in response to the Plaxico Burress situation in which the former New York Giants wide receiver accidentally shot himself in a New York City nightclub in November 2008. However, MLB recently sent out reminders to players and the ban has also been posted in clubhouses for the first time…

“We have good security,” Scott said. “It’s hard to get in here. Barring a tactical entry where terrorists come in and hold us hostage, that’s about the only thing that could possibly warrant me carrying a gun in the clubhouse. That’s highly unlikely, and I admit that. But my personal belief is I don’t want to suffer from the poor choices of others.”

And here’s Brendan:

If Scott’s statements–that he had guns in the clubhouse and no one knew–are taken at face value, I wonder how he got a conceal and carry permit in MD. They have a pretty strict standard that for personal use includes the following requirement for personal permits: “Personal Protection: There must be documented evidence of recent threats, robberies, and/or assaults, supported by official police reports or notarized statements from witnesses.”

I’m not sure Scott’s rationale for need meets this standard… It’s sure possible personal threats have been made against Scott, but I’d guess Aubrey Huff, Glenn Davis and Jeffrey Maier have a greater need for such permits.

Good points all. Well, not Luke Scott, although I gather he’s right about the “tactical entry” bit, probably. The thing with concealed-carry gun permits is that while they strike me as an implausibly bad idea, they’re also kind of not something I concern myself with, as I live in a city that does not really want people wearing guns to the deli or Quizno’s or whatever. Most of what I know about Concealed Carry of Weapons I learned last week, in this excellent piece by Abe Sauer at The Awl. Luke Scott, I sense, has spent a lot more time thinking about this issue — and fantasizing about Red Dawn style “tactical strikes” on Camden Yards before some June game against the Blue Jays — than I have.

One Response to “Luke Scott, Would-Be Gilbert Arenas of the Big Leagues”

  1. Dan says:

    …A degree of loud-and-proud gun nuttery intense enough to get Charles Bronson added to the “Most Similar” listings on his Baseball Reference page.

    Love it.

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