Another attempted “black eye” for gun ownership and Concealed Carry occurred in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012 at a local movie theater, when a deranged man killed 12 and wounded 59 people during a “Batman” movie. It’s pitiful that cost of innocent lives mainly begets “emotional” reactions to chronic social problems, without an effective solution.
This horrific massacre was obviously perpetrated by a mentally deranged man and these incidents, as always, rekindle passionate debates between “gun haters” and “gun huggers”. How do we all work together for a safe and secure society? Concealed Carry laws and other gun restrictions are constantly proposed by special interest groups. Perhaps legislation pertaining to sale of weapons to “incompetent people” will help, but; pertinent laws already exist which don’t solve the problem.
Contradictory legislation sometimes may support the wrong people for Concealed Carry. Ohio for example, is currently considering a proposal to change their existing law and allow individuals to Concealed Carry, or, Open Carry weapons without a license and training. Five other states have the same basic law; Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming and Vermont.
It’s difficult to predict causes for future crime rates, but, non-qualified persons encouraged to carry a firearm, without repercussions from the law, is not a positive direction. Why should it be allowable for the “wrong” people to carry, jeopardize citizen safety and erode the good reputation of Concealed Carry? Without a doubt; citizens have rights to drive automobiles, buses, trucks, fly airplanes, become policemen, security guards, military etc., but, all must be qualified when public security is in question.
What about “social norms”? Most will agree our “free” society is saturated with potentially harmful media marketing about; the food we eat, beverages we drink, clothes we wear, movies we watch, video games we play and books we read. Public apathy and encouragement of poor individual choices inspires widespread obesity, violence, lack of moral behavior, excessive demand for entitlements, and disrespect for our laws.
The answer to our social problems is not perfectly clear; however, there is an old saying; “What you think about most, is what you become” indicating how public behavior defines our social norms.
Should we allow government officials to “fix” this problem by concocting new laws that attempt to “force” a prescribed behavior on citizens taking away individual rights, or, allow them to carry weapons without a license and training, or, should a proper decision lie somewhere between? There is no “perfect” solution for changing public behavior or stopping violence, but, ordinary citizens can be more discretionary about daily lifestyle choices that affect social norms. There are numerous ways to look at this problem whether or not you Concealed Carry; let us knows your views…be safe, enjoy life and “keep on packin dude”.
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