Sitting Ducks – Guest Post
December 16, 2010 by admncc
Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my own posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they’d like to complain about. Everyone’s favorite antagonist, NeoConDon, is back with a new Guest Post today. And this topic is very current and scary to a lot of people. Enjoy the discussion and without further adieu, here’s Don…
I’m a gun owner. I also posses a license to carry a concealed and loaded hand gun. If you see me outside of my house, chances are good that I’m armed with at least one gun. I take my gun with me almost everywhere. I go grocery shopping with it. I take it into the bank. I have it with me when I drop my kids off and pick them up from school. With few exceptions, the only time I don’t have it with me is when I see a “no guns allowed” sign. If I see that sign at a business, I take my business elsewhere. I’m going to do whatever I can to avoid becoming a sitting duck.
Of course, the sitting duck is usually quacking in the “safety zones”…like Virginia Tech, or Columbine High School, or just recently…a Panama City School Board meeting. It’s funny that the only person with the guts to do anything was a woman with a purse. You can see that at about one minute into the video. I’m also curious why no one went to their cars to get their guns after this happened…???? If there was ever a perfect example of why we should not be denied our human right to protect ourselves, this is it. Click here to watch the video from the Panama City Shooting (***note from The Constant Complainer – the video involving Clay A. Duke is graphic only at the end during the shootout. And if you’d prefer not to watch the video, click here to read the Fox News story on the incident instead).
And so goes the media’s old discussion of “what can we do to prevent these nut jobs from getting guns?” The answer is absolutely nothing. The responsible thing we can do is let those who want to carry a concealed gun into a school board meeting do so. Just imagine how much different things would have turned out if the Virginia Tech students could carry concealed weapons.
In order to prevent getting into these types of unfortunate situations, there are plenty of things you can do. The first is to get your own gun. You can buy an inexpensive hand gun that is perfect for concealment at your local gun shows and stores, or even online. Before you buy anything, find someone that you know and trust to help you through the buying process. You can also sign up for a class to get your concealed carry permit. You will learn the basic gun laws for your state from trained professionals and local law enforcement, as well as have an opportunity to shoot at a range. Just because you take the class doesn’t mean you must buy a gun, or get your permit. You may decide that gun ownership isn’t for you. If that’s the case, there are still things you can do to help prevent becoming a sitting duck.
The easiest thing to do is to pay attention to the businesses you frequent. Do they have the “no guns allowed” signs? If they do, that is a place you should choose to avoid. Typically, people that have the intention to do harm will do it there. Conceal carry holders have a strange habit of following the law and won’t take their gun into these establishments. That makes the criminal more likely to be able to do whatever he wants. You are much less likely to run into a shooter in a gun friendly establishment, and if you do, there is a far better chance that someone else has a gun with them for self defense. That’s usually how I handle things when I don’t have my gun with me. I am much more comfortable sitting down unarmed with my kids for lunch in a locally owned diner that permits guns than going into the typical chain restaurant that is a “gun-free zone.”
In the end, it is not the responsibility of the police or the gov’t to protect you or your family; it is your responsibility. With a little forethought, you can keep yourself safe. Good luck. I hope you’re never become a sitting duck.