posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 12:32 PM
A few words on the responsibilities of carrying a gun.
A lot of people share the opinion that giving guns to everyone will cut down on crime because now not just he ‘bad guys’ have guns. From people I
have had these kinds of discussions with, they always seem to separate people into two distinct groups: the good guys and the bad guys.
The image they have of the good guy though, is always of someone who has a mature, even keeled nature, uses very good judgment, is trained with the
firearm and has good aim. We all know this is not the case. The good guys fall into many other categories…the hotheads, the vigilantes, the
wanna-be-heroes, the wanna-be-cops, those with bad eyesight and poor aim, shaky hands, frightened people who will shoot at the slightest threat…. I
could go on. I guess it would be impossible to put the good guys into percent categories, but I would hazard a guess that the percentage of trained
‘good guys’ (who know when to pull the gun and when not to) is probably on the low side compared to the others.
As a community, do we feel comfortable walking around in crowded places knowing some of these ‘good guys’ are just itching to be a hero?
I am not necessarily for gun control, but I am also not in favor of just blindly flooding the streets with guns just to keep the playing field level.
If gun controls are to be loosened, I think there should be a strict requirement for (i) initial training in the use of the firearm, (ii) a
requirement for ongoing training (once a month at a gun range?), (iii) a required annual (or some other regular period ) proficiency test. How much
training do cops undergo to keep their weapons? I know this is all unrealistic, and compliance would be fall off very soon. Most people are simply
not that disciplined.
Put another way, I live in New York City. If I knew that most of the knuckleheads walking around here were packing (even though they are the “good
guys”), I don’t think I would leave the apartment. I just don’t trust
their proficiency, judgement, or aim.