Sunday, April 06, 2008

Concealed Carry

Senator B. Hussein Obama wants to roll back concealed carry laws.

Why? Because “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could [get shot during] altercations.”

He holds this incorrect position because he is a socialist. Self-defense and individual responsibility are in direct opposition with his Marxist-style socialist views. Despite evidence which clearly shows violent crime is reduced once concealed carry laws are put into effect, Senator Obama wants to remove our God-given right of self preservation and replace that right with the empty promise of "increased police presence."

Police are a reactive force. They are not obliged to protect you. They arrest people for breaking the law, but only after the law has been broken. By then, it may be too late.

For those who may be ignorant on the subject of concealed carry permits, let me describe the process I went through in Virginia: An application is made to the local court, including proof of completion of an approved handgun specific firearms safety course (in my case, the DD 214 form showing my Army service was accepted) and a $50 fee. Two fingerprint cards are made. A thorough background check (criminal and mental health) is done. Any evidence of use or trafficking of illegal drugs voids the application. Finally, after a waiting period of a month and a half, the permit is issued. The permit may be revoked at any time for any sort of criminal violation.

Why would a criminal, intending to break the law anyway, bother with the permit process? Who is more likely to shoot an innocent person, the predatory criminal or the law-abiding concealed carry permit holder? Studies of firearm use show that while guns are used to stop crime, they are not usually fired in the process. Just pointing a gun at the criminal is sufficient motivation in most cases for the criminal to either flee, or await his arrest by the police

Where people are disarmed, criminals are armed and have free reign. Violent crime of all sorts is perpetrated. Just look at Washington, D.C. and the Heller case.

By the way, the second amendment guarantees a pre-existing (to borrow from the HealthCare debate) right, granted by God, not by government.

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