An interesting opinion piece from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution can be found here. It’s about a recently approved bill in the Georgia legislature that approves permit holders to carry concealed firearms in public places such as restaurants that serve liquor, state parks and transit systems such as MARTA.
Cause, I’m sure Georgia state parks are dangerous places????
I found one statistic in this article to be fascinating.
In 2006, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics, guns were used in a total of 10,177 homicides. Of that enormous total, just 195 homicides were categorized as justifiable, defined by the bureau as “the killing of a felon, during the commission of a felony, by a private citizen.”
In percentage terms, 98.1 percent of the time a private citizen kills someone with a firearm, the killing is not justified. Yet because of the power of the Rambo fantasy, we write laws as if that remaining 1.9 percent of gun killings were the majority.
That’s right — 1.9 percent.
I’ve had people argue with me that I should have a gun. Now I can see the point, I run a business that has been known to have cash on hand at times (albeit very small amounts of cash) and this past tax season we’ve been in the back of a building – pretty much hidden from street traffic. On particular employee I’ve had this season (a former Marine). See, if someone were to come try to rob me I would ten pull the gun out and kill whoever was coming after me.
Now, I realize that a gun, as a threat, is really pretty useless – I mean it really doesn’t count unless you’re willing to use it. I think that bad guys – like dogs – can smell the fear on you. I just don’t think I could.
And that brings up the scary thought, and that would be ME with a gun. If Crem happens to read this please comment — I mean – you’ve seen me with a computer – you’ve seen me with a cell phone – and you’ve seen me with an automobile. Ah – shouldn’t matter — what could possibly go wrong.
I’ll carry your books, I’ll carry a torch, I’ll carry a tune, I’ll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginie, I’ll even ‘hari-kari’ if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun!”
– Hawkeye Pierce,
“Officer of the Day”