An act of common sense becomes an act of great courage when common sense is in short supply.
Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to veto HB76, the bill that would have added Utah to a short list of states that allow people to carry concealed firearms without a permit, reflects the chief executive's oft-stated motto that things that aren't broken do not need to be fixed. But it also stands as an act of political courage coming, as it does, in a place and at a time when the paranoia of those who fear nothing so much as sensible restrictions on the use of firearms is so outspoken and powerful.
The governor's action will be for naught, though, unless at least a few of the state lawmakers who voted for HB76 use this opportunity to think better of their decision. Such wisdom and courage is unlikely to be found in the same place, and from the same people who approved the unwise bill in the first place. So it will have to come from elsewhere.