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.
While I didnt read this whole thread, I didn't need to, so if i repeat what has been stated forgive me.
But really Jeff I think you are thinking somewhat backwards.
First off , I can't say what other states do, but in MN, you have to go through some training classes before getting a CCW. Education is a good thing, don't you agree? Personally, I think there should be more mandatory firearm education in our school system. It would cut down on accidents, not that it would stop crime.
Next, human nature will never change, there will always be those of the criminally intent. With that said, self preservation is a God givien right, and shouldn't be a legislative measure whatsoever. But it is. Not everybody is running out to get CCW's just because it's possible.
But, if more of the population carried though, you would see crime rate drop. It will never stop those hell bent on violence, but I for one prefer the option of self-defense in an emergency that required a gun, than dial 911.
Just suppose somebody decides to violate you in a life threatening way,,,,,,,What you going to do,,,, say "wait please while I call for help"
Like that'll work!
I don't care what you personally want to do, if you don't want the option of self preservation,,,,fine. But don't go imposing that everybody should do the same.
That thought process has been around long enough, and "control" measures have done nothing but help the criminal, not the victim. Think about it!
Just look at the so called "gun free zones" that have been terrorized. They're advertising themselves a target(s) of oppritunity for the "wackos"