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Concealed Carry: Still Waiting For Those Wild West Shootouts!
In the early 1990's, when the push began in most states to allow citizens to be allowed to carry concealed weapons, those who opposed were fearful of a new wave of bloodbaths in the streets if this were to happen. To nearly everyone's surprise, except for those who were behind the effort, and with only two states still not offering any sort of private concealed carry, violent crime statistics per capita have slowed and in some cases reversed. Proponents of CCW point to the increase in concealed carry as the major reason, while others will say it is because of increased law enforcement, public awareness and general trends.
I think that anyone who has had a proper background check, attended classes and has been tested on knowledge and proficiency, and is willing to shoulder the great responsibility of being armed, should be able to do so. After taking the class myself, scoring near perfect scores on the written exam and very high marks on shooting ability, I chose not to follow through and get the CCW permit for myself. I made a no-nonsense judgment on my personal situation and determined there wasn't sufficient need for me to carry. Kansas being an "open carry" state, that will cover most any scenario where I would see myself armed. I see CCW as a personal choice each individual has to make for him or herself. Many law enforcement agencies have been quoted as being for or against private concealed carry, but in many of those cases the local sheriff or police chief were speaking for their officers based on their own preferences.
So what are your thoughts on concealed carry, pro or con? Do you see any scenario where you might think it would be a good plan? I have heard it said by some they would rather risk dying themselves than be responsible for taking the life of another. How do you respond to that? Should your own self protection extend to family members, total strangers and personal property?
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