One of the things about the Discovery Channel nutter.
I heard some slow talking caller to a local AM radio program go into the standard, “if people were allowed to carry guns in this state… this may never have happened” argument. We’ve all heard it before. Many of us have used that argument. This guy spoke so slowly his message got stepped all over and they transitioned to traffic and weather, but let’s assume it’s an argument that is only promulgated by the smooth and well spoken.
Is that really the argument we want to use to expand CCW rights? “It’s a social good, as lots of folks with a concealed weapon salted among the people will put down wackos before they get too far.”
Maybe. Maybe not. I’m thinking carrying your gatt is good for YOU and yours. I don’t know if I cotton onto the claim it’s good for society. It's certainly secondary, not a primary argument. (Like the 2nd Amendment. It'll protect you, and as a secondary good, having a gun will give you the means to hunt, and that's fun!) Good for me is good enough. Self defense is an individual right. No need to bring a collective societal good into it apart from the good for individual. And that societal-good argument may bite us in the butt someday. Some CCW person may get carried away with the hero aspect and shoot uninvolved parties, and the anti-gun forces will use that negative PR to advance their particular brand of tyranny.
And I don’t know if I am THAT responsible to society as a whole. Or, if I am responsible, if eagerness and ignorance in a fast-moving situation would just make that situation worse or more complicated.
I am the most important individual I know. Just as YOU are the most important individual YOU know. Carrying the best self defense tool available does not spring up as some right to be a hero and save people from the next Virginia Tech or Ft Hood type shooter.
Just because you have a CCW permit, or carry CCW in free places with Vermont-style carry, doesn’t mean you have a license to actively hunt down human varmints that cross your path.
I think us gunnies think too much about the hero aspect. It’s a fine and noble aspiration, but perhaps one we should leave to the young and idealistic. Carrying a concealed weapon is a responsibility that should mature you well past that phase into adulthood, leaving your heroic fantasies to the younger version of you. At least that’s what I think. Maybe you won’t wrap your head to the same conclusion, but nothing will hurt you to consider all the angles.
Our arguments for defense are good enough, is what I'm saying, without relying on a possible societal good.
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