I’m not one to join forums. But, I feel the need to speak my mind on this issue. So, I’m joining a few forums to try to speak out. It really bothers me that there isn’t more public awareness and media reporting about the reasons to allow Concealed Carry in public places by us law-abiding citizens that have met the requirements.
Malls (Utah & now Nebraska – others?), schools (way too many – Columbine, VA Tech, seems endless – even in the Amish community), workplace (also way too many), restaurants (Luby’s - Killeen, TX 1991 & McDonald’s – San Ysidro, CA 1984 – to name a couple notorious ones), churches (Fort Worth, TX 1999, Brookfield, WI 2005- others?).
I just read an article on CNN.com about Malls debating how to protect shoppers. At least a couple of “experts” are quoted on their “thoughts”. You can see the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/06/mal...nnSTCText?iref
I have a very simple and very cost effective suggestion for these mall owners/managers and security “experts”. ALLOW LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WITH PERMITS THE OPTION OF CONCEALED CARRY! In fact, they should even encourage it. It wouldn’t cost them a penny. Their sales might actually increase. Oh, they might lose some sales because the “bad guys” might not want to shop there if they aren’t the only ones carrying.
But, of course they would never actually encourage it because of their fear that there might be “an incident” and some lawsuit happy idiot would blame the mall for encouraging us gun wielding “cowboys” to strap on our iron and ride into to town to get supplies for the ranch.
As soon as I state the following someone is probably going to come along with examples to prove me wrong. But, I have never heard of anyone going to a police station or military facility (in the U.S.), gun store, gun show, shooting range, etc. intending to do anything like the examples above. Gun shows I’ve been to have hundreds of guns with thousands of rounds of ammunition out in the open with only a small number of people over seeing it all. Sure, the guns better be locked in some way. But, think about it, hundreds of people carrying around guns they have brought with them or bought while there; with all that ammo within easy reach. [There’s got to be less obvious examples of such places that I’m just not thing of.]
Gee, I wonder if the possibility of others being armed at such places might be a deterrent - ???
I would like to think that maybe even only one person that makes such decisions might get this message and realize law abiding citizens should not be restricted to carry.