Our sympathies for the innocent people massacred in Paris, France on November 13th, 2015 are a solemn reminder of what happened in this country on September 11, 2001. Most citizens don’t realize there have been over 75 Muslim extremist terror attacks in the United States since 1972. There are also more than 200 mass killings, in this country, by demented U.S. residents since 2006, according to USA Today News.
It’s comforting to know security forces have effectively stopped many of these attempts; however, it becomes increasingly difficult to stop indiscriminant “lone wolf” tactics like the one in San Bernardino, CA on December 4, 2015. Federal, state and municipal officials are constantly improving security measures at the same time, realizing the impossibility of a perfect score. The history of attacks takes place mainly in highly populated areas such as; sporting events, shopping centers, movie theaters, subways, etc.
We are losing too many lives to domestic and foreign terrorists while innocent citizens are restricted from protecting themselves with firearms. Homeland security forces do not have enough resources to watch all suspected terrorists 24/7, thus allowing opportunities for attacks. It takes 10 to 15 agents to watch each individual on a terror suspect list.
There is talk about “sleeper cells” in the US as noted by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson who stated, “There are individuals living in the United States today who have contact with the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) and other terrorist groups who have a desire to conduct an attack on U.S. soil.”
It is impossible to have enough armed police officers watching daily public activity whereas, elimination of “no-carry” zones would allow citizens to Concealed Carry in ”all areas” of society thus improving public safety and saving lives. This new role would require additional tactical training beyond individual self-defense including a protocol with police, federal agents and Special Forces. It would be an extension of today’s license training, how to spot, report and react to unlawful activities including rules of engagement to avoid interference with higher ranking law enforcement personnel during a confrontation.
Concealed Carry persons, looking like ”ordinary” citizens, dispersed throughout society at all times, would be a tremendous surprise advantage over terrorist and save multiple lives. We have relied on firearms to make this country as strong as it is today and must continue with additional firearm protection in all public areas.
Money spent on deterring terrorism could be well spent on training ordinary citizens with such cost offset by reducing loss of life and property damage during terrorist encounters. Resistance to the above proposal will probably be centered on “who” will be “qualified” for this responsibility. Such questions will be answered by vetting applicants through training programs, designed by law enforcement officials, being no different than certifying applicants for any public related role as a police officer, security guard, or, current license to carry, drive and automobile fly an airplane, etc.
It is naive to believe anyone can qualify for Concealed Carry, however, today’s license holders have an impeccable record showing minimal license revocations with a strong indication they can play a vital role in public safety. The protection of our great nation and its citizens must not be compromised by distorted political views against Concealed Carry.
There are an estimated 11 million Concealed Carry license holders who love this country dearly, and live by the Gadsden Flag motto; “Don’t Tread On Me”. Additional Concealed Carry training plus elimination of no-carry zones would be a tremendous addition to saving lives and preserving our national security..
Hopefully our legislators will see this reasoning and repeal any stifling regulations to protect ourselves and country…keep on packin dude.
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