What? No Permits?

Not keeping up with the news, I was unaware that there is movement toward eliminating state concealed carry permits entirely. I'm not certain of what this means now. More research is needed on my part. But, as one person asked me yesterday, did I think it wise that concealed carry be allowed without a permit? Yes, I think it is wise and unnecessary.

As I pointed out, when a person purchases a handgun from a reputable dealer, yes, even at a gun show, a background check is required and must be passed before the sale can be made. Then, if that same person wants to carry the gun they just bought, after passing a background check, they must pay more money to take a class to get a certificate which they then take to the local law enforcement authority, pay more money to apply for a concealed carry permit and have the same background check run that they just paid for at the gun shop.

This is yet another crazy governmental process devised and implemented by the Department of Redundancy Department. And, it is completely unnecessary.

The standard rationale used by anti-gun people, who keep crashing up against the Second Amendment of the Constitution is summed up neatly by the website: http://smartgunlaws.org/

It is rubbish, of course. Read for yourselves:

People carrying hidden, loaded handguns in public create unnecessary risks of intentional or accidental shootings. Carrying concealed weapons (“CCW”) increases the risk that everyday disagreements will escalate into shootouts, especially in places where disputes frequently occur—in bars, at sporting events, and in traffic. Permissive concealed carry laws violate the shared expectation that public places will be safe environments free from guns and gun violence.
— http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-laws/policy-areas/firearms-in-public-places/concealed-weapons-permitting/

"Risks of unnecessary intentional or accidental shooting." What, pray tell, would be an "unnecessary intentional" shooting? In these people's view it is the fear that a person who is legally carrying a concealed weapon, someone who has gone to all of the time, trouble and expense, have taken classes in legal and ethical responsibilities incumbent on someone who is carrying a loaded weapon, would suddenly haul out his or her weapon and shoot someone "unnecessarily"  Like, Fred thinks you are an idiot for voting the way you did, calls you an idiot, so you take out your gun and blast him for it.

How stupid is this? Very, but that seems to make no difference. How many "unintentional" shootings have occurred by people who are legally carrying a concealed weapon? Few if any.

Then, there is the "accidental" shooting. Allegedly, carrying a loaded handgun concealed in a holster will somehow pose a serious risk of going off spontaneously and accidentally shooting someone. Guns are, you know, evil, and just waiting any excuse to spontaneously fire. And, how many of these incidents have occurred involving concealed carry permit holders? Again, very, very few, and accidental (what we gun people call negligent discharges) shootings are not limited to concealed carry permit holders. Perfection in gun safety is a false goal, as is perfection in any other field of human activity.

Then there is this fear:

Carrying concealed weapons (“CCW”) increases the risk that everyday disagreements will escalate into shootouts, especially in places where disputes frequently occur—in bars, at sporting events, and in traffic.

Except that the "risk" is almost non-existent. In all states where concealed carry permits are available, and in the ten where they are not required, no such violence has occurred. In fact the correlation between the higher number of concealed carry people and the reduction in violent crime, and the corresponding high violent crime rate in places with repressive gun laws, suggests just the opposite. Yet, this is a canard still trotted out by the anti-gun people to scare people who do not know the facts. The allegation that "everyday disagreements" will escalate into gun violence in places where concealed carry is permitted is just false. It has never happened. Ever. Since it is so often repeated by people who definitely know better, it is just a plain lie.

Finally, twisting reality one final time we are told:

Permissive concealed carry laws violate the shared expectation that public places will be safe environments free from guns and gun violence.

Concealed carry laws have absolutely no bearing on whether a person will use a gun to shoot someone else in public or private places. Anyone today who expects public places to be safe environments free from guns and gun violence (or any kind of violence for that matter) is living in a dream world. Just consult the news. To think this is to live in a fantasy utopia that will never happen. History tells us at least this much. In fact, a strong case can be made that violence in public places will be less likely to happen if the people who wish to perpetrate it are aware that the other people who may be in those public places are armed and ready to defend themselves.

There is a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado called Shooters. The wait people, cooks, bartenders and cleanup crew, most of them, are armed. Customers who are carrying openly or concealed are welcomed. It's a lively place. No gunfights have broken out. No one has been accidentally shot. No guns have spontaneously fired. And, strangely enough, no bad people have attempted to rob the place or the customers. I wonder why. 

Think about it. Gun free places are invitations to bad people with guns, and knives, and bombs. When the good guys have guns at least they can go down fighting.