don't want to catch flak or ruffle any feathers, but i'd like to hear people's opinions on carrying concealed weapons. i'm sure i'll be the minority in here, but i think CCW's should be restricted to law enforcement and military personnel, with some exceptions. sidearms carried for hunting/sporting reasons being an exception, or carried by persons with high risk or high profile jobs being another.
i read and hear some of the things people say and ask regarding CCW's and shake my head. for instance, on a post earlier somebody wrote something to the effect of "our state just passed a CCW law. never thought about carrying before, what would you suggest?"
why in the world would you even consider carrying a concealed weapon just because the law says you can? i think the two problems are that people don't consider the liability associated with carrying a firearm, and that people don't have the necessary training or good judgement to use that firearm effectively or responsibly. besides, chances are that you are never going to be in a situation where you have to use a firearm. and if you are in that situation, take good mental notes and be a great witness for the cops.
there is no end to this debate, and people will always say "i'd rather have a gun and not need it then need it and not have it." and there are a lot of people outside of the law enforcement/military scope that i would completely trust to carry concealed and be responsible and use excellent judgement. but speaking in general, i think CCW's should be restricted to a very small portion of the population.
just my two cents... would love to hear yours.