Why We Need Concealed Carry

Yesterday The Washington Times posted an article about an incident in an Alabama McDonald’s.

The article reports:

Once again: The Second Amendment saves. 

The father, who hasn’t been publicly named, was leaving the fast food place on Saturday when a masked man walked in and began shooting.

The dad then pulled his own weapon and started firing at the masked shooter — becoming the shooter’s target in the process.

The father sustained life-threatening injuries, according to WBRC. His son is recovering from his own gun-related injuries. The masked gunman, meanwhile, died from wounds suffered during the incident.

Police aren’t sure what the masked gunman was after — whether he was trying to rob McDonald’s or shoot someone within the establishment. But what’s sure is the father is not going to be charged.

The thing that stopped the shooting from being a massacre was a good guy with a gun who shot the bad guy with a gun, Thank God for gun rights in America.

The article concludes:

Simply put: If it hadn’t been for that armed dad, the bloodshed would’ve been a lot worse. If not for his gun-toting self, the media reports on this would be a lot different, a lot more tragic, and the focus would be on how many were murdered, not saved.

“The shooting took place at the McDonald’s across from Princeton Hospital,” WBRC reported. “A masked man entered the restaurant when an employee opened the door for a father and his sons to leave. The masked man then opened fire in the restaurant. At that point, the father began shooting at the masked man.”

Aside from the father and one of his sons, nobody else was reported injured. Nobody else, aside from the masked gunman, was killed.

This unidentified father deserves a hero’s award for quick and life-saving thinking. Once again, it’s a case of the Second Amendment saving untold numbers from disaster.

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Policy Changes Have Consequences

Yesterday The Daily Caller posted an article about a change in gun policy at the University of Kansas.

The following is a statement from the web page of the University of Kansas:

Beginning July 1, 2017, any individual who is 21 years of age or older and who is not prohibited or disqualified by law and who is lawfully eligible to carry a concealed handgun in Kansas shall not be precluded from doing so on University campuses, including all facilities owned or leased by the University, except (1) on the Kansas City, Kansas campus of the KU Medical Center in the Health Care District; (2) in buildings and public areas of buildings for which adequate security measures are provided or, (3) in a specified restricted access area of a building. Within such restricted access areas, concealed carry will be banned. Individuals who are not employees of the University may be authorized access through a restricted access entrance only pursuant to a University screening process that is compliant with the provisions of the PFPA.

So what happened when that policy was put into effect?

The Daily Caller reports:

Interestingly, although there have been 14 weapons violations since 2008, the tally for 2017 was exactly zero.

Yes, you read that right — zero weapons violations at campus carry-friendly Kansas University, despite the fact that actual weapons on campus undoubtedly increased.

The KU Office of Public Safety’s annual crime statistics list is released each spring and includes only actual crimes under the law, not other university policy violations.

Although KU police seemed to attribute the decline to added police and security as well as their use of “security technology” like on-campus cameras, the lack of gun crimes nevertheless does nothing to bolster liberal gun control arguments.

Gun-free zones tell a potential shooter that he will meet no opposition. When concealed carry is in effect, the risk is much higher for a person who wants to go on a shooting spree–it may cost him his life. Good guys with guns are really the only way to stop bad guys with guns.

You can argue for more gun laws all you want, but this is what happens when concealed carry is in effect.

Something You May Not Hear In The News

Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the number of gun crimes at Virginia bars and restaurants has dropped in the past year.  On July 1, 2010, a new law went into effect in Virginia stating that people who have permits to carry concealed weapons may carry those weapons into bars in restaurants provided that the permit carriers do not drink.

The article reports:

The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper’s request.

And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law’s first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found.

These statistics are consistent with what has happened in other parts of the country when gun regulations are changed to make it easier for the law-abiding public to obtain guns and carry them.  Criminals will get guns–whether they are legal or not. However, if a criminal knows that a member of the public may have a concealed carry permit and be carrying a gun, he may think twice before committing a crime.

One aspect of the concealed carry law is that those who have a concealed carry permit have gone through background checks and training in order to obtain the permit. Conscientious gun owners are an asset in the effort to maintain law and order in a free society.  The states that have passed gun laws that allow law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns understand that.