Update I thought that this post deserved some more time at the top.
In the wake of the VA Tech massacre there have been any number of pundits discussing the pros and cons of concealed weapons as well as stricter gun laws. A few quick comments about this.
Let’s take a look at a potential scenario. More states approve concealed weapons legislature. So now provided that you pass the background check you can start packing heat. My question is how many more people would start carrying guns upon their person. Would it really make that much of a difference.
I know an awful lot of people who have guns at home and or carry guns in their automobiles. Most of them are not part of law enforcement. They have these guns for protecting themselves and their families.
The point is that I am not convinced that we would see a tremendous increase in the number of armed people walking around. Perhaps more would get licensed but the question is how many of those people are not currently packing heat.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not arguing against owning a gun. I just don’t completely buy into the theory that easier access to concealed weapon permits will make that much of a difference.
If you are placed in a situation in which you need a gun there are always going to be some fundamental issues tied into it. The primary one is how fast can you get to your gun. If you’re at the ATM and someone sticks a gun in your back it is not going to matter whether you have a gun on you or not. If they get the drop on you, well now you’re stuck.
Again, this really isn’t an anti-gun argument. I don’t have a problem with people owning firearms, provided that they maintain safe and proper procedure with them.
Just my two cents.