Invoking the 2nd Amendment – Part Deux

January 1st, Kansas’ concealed carry law went into affect. Of course, I was in Philly, so I didn’t get to go down to the DMV and get my ID until Tuesday. People have been asking me if I’m really such a sissy that I need to carry a gun around.

The short answer is no. I don’t feel I need to carry a gun 99.9999999999% of the time. However, there are certain places I’m forced to go at the beheast of my job, where a normal sane person would not want to go unarmed.

The funny thing for me has been watching the reaction of the anti-gun folks here in Kansas. For months before the law went into affect, all we heard was how it was going to be a bloodbath in Kansas starting in January. Anti-gunners were encouraging businesses all over the metro to post no-carry signs (which makes it illegal for licensed CCL holders from entering).

There has been no bloodbath. In fact, there hasn’t even been a negligent discharge of a firearm by any CCL holder in Kansas. I’d go so far as to say that CCL holders are the LEAST likely people to be involved in a shooting. Why?

Well, good question. Kansas CCL holders have done all of the following:

1. Taken a class on the Kansas law and on the use of deadly force.
2. Passed a written test on the law with 100%.
3. Passed a marksmanship live-fire test.
4. Been fingerprinted by their County Sherriff’s office.
5. Submitted a mug shot to the Sherriff’s office.
6. Had a full background check by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
7. Had a mental history background check.
8. Paid several hundred dollars for classes and license.

I can say with utmost confidence that the following statements are true:

1. No Kansas CCL holder has ever been convicted of a felony, any drug charge, or DUI.
2. No Kansas CCL holder has been under psychiatric care for mental defect.
3. No Kansas CCL holder WANTS to ever use their weapon in a real situation.
4. Licensed carriers are 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for violent offenses than the general public. Licensed carriers are 13.5 times less likely to be arrested for non-violent offenses than the general public (( William Sturdevant, unpublished study reported in August 2000 edition of America’s 1st Freedom ))
5. Of the 2,500,000 times citizens use guns to defend themselves each year, 92% merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time does a citizen wound his or her attacker, and in less than one in a thousand instances is the attacker killed. (( FBI, “Critical Incidents in Policing”, 1991 ))
6. 11% of police shootings kill an innocent person – about 2% of shootings by citizens kill an innocent person. (( Cramer C and Kopel D. “Shall issue: the new wave of concealed handgun permit laws.” Golden CO: Independence Institute Issue Paper. October 17, 1994 ))

So, why are these nutjobs getting CCL’s in the first place? It’s very simple, in most cases. We want the right to legal self defense, whether we choose to carry or not.

Thankfully, I have YET to see a business posted “no guns” in Johnson County where I live. I will be sad if any businesses that I frequent decide to post, because as a law-abiding citizen, I will NOT enter a posted business, even if I really want to buy stuff there.

Businesses that DO post don’t understand the impact that it has. First, they are basically prohibiting an individual’s right to self-defense… thus taking on that responsibility themselves. If I’m forced to disarm (as a legal CCL holder) before entering a business, then a bad guy comes into the store with a gun and shoots me, the business is liable in civil court for wrongful death. I don’t think most business owners consider that. Second, they are NOT going to get people who carry illegally to disarm with their silly little signs. ONLY the law-abiding citizens who have passed all of the requirements will honor their posting. Third, the sign on the door basically ANNOUNCES to the bad guys “Hey, all the good guys left their guns outside, come on in and rob us!”

So, I imagine that a few months from now, even the businesses that knee-jerked into posting will likely take them down, once they see they aren’t necessary.

If you look at the statistics from the other 30+ states that have concealed carry laws, you see that violent crime actually DROPPED in those states. It makes bad guys think twice when they never know who might shoot back.

Oh, and I have a new baby:

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This is my new Glock 27, a subcompact .40 caliber auto. It’s my first Glock, and so far I love it. The trigger takes a little getting used to (their patented “safe-action” trigger is weird), and the pull on the trigger is a lot more like a revolver than an auto, but it’s TINY, as you can see. A tiny gun that fires a large caliber… sounds like the perfect recipe for a concealed carry gun. Doncha think?

  7 comments for “Invoking the 2nd Amendment – Part Deux

  1. January 11, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Sweeeeet! I love Glocks. It’s been years since I’ve shot one, though.

  2. Dave
    January 11, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Sweet! I want. Does Colorado have a CCL? Actually, here, people carry racks of guns on trucks UNconcealed, and that also seems to do the trick. Anyway, keep our citizens safe from bad guys, alright Jack Bauer. You couldn’t strangle anyone with a cordless phone, like Jack, but you couls sure put a bullet where the sun don’t shine!

  3. January 11, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    WHAT A CUTE LITTLE GUN!! what does it want to be when it grows up?

  4. January 11, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Even though I’m just a TAD on the liberal side, I don’t object to concealed weapons…at least not when you have to jump through that many hoops to get one. I don’t have one because I can think of better ways to spend a couple hundred bucks, and even though I live in a bad neighborhood, I know most of the people around there won’t have guns because they will have pawned them for crack. Plus, really, people who take the necessary steps to get all the required permits and background checks aren’t the problem, it’s those with illegal guns that are the problem. They should just legalize drugs, and then the illegal gun problem and violent crime problems will be cut way down…. 🙂

  5. Livieloo
    January 11, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    How cute is that little gun?! I have an attraction to all small versions of bigger things … well, not ALL but almost. However, since my hands are tiny to begin with that one is probably just my size. Maybe one day I’ll get one of my very own. Catch you later. Much love.

  6. January 12, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Having lived my whole life in NJ and then moving to The South, I find the whole gun phenomenon amazing. I have nothing against them, but it NEVER ONCE has crossed my mind to own A gun, nevertheless A gun rack.

    That said, there’s nothing funnier than going to a restaurant or the movies or the underpants store and seeing the whole gun in a circle with a slash sign. But, down here, they like to expand on it. Not only can you not take guns to a NC State hoops game, you also can’t bring explosives or corrosive chemicals. Needless to say, we had to make a return trip to the car a few weeks ago. My father had the whole look of “Oh Shit…I just bought a house in The South” when he saw the signs.

    Guns can be amusing when you’ve never seen one in your life and realize that you suddenly live among gun-toters.

  7. Kam
    January 13, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Congratulations! I feel safer already.

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