This piece displays such bias (this is my surprised face)....repeatedly inferring that CCW holders will be consuming alcohol while carrying. I think anyone with the slightest bit of common sense would agree that alcohol and firearms don't mix. The law still upholds that.
Idiocy abounds all around us. If someone is intent on shooting up a restaurant, you think a sign on the door or a law on the books will make them question their decision? Which reminds me of Mr. Alston's comment, "I tried to imagine any scenario where having an armed customer could be beneficial. I couldn't come up with one." I can imagine one. As a child who grew up in Fayetteville, I clearly remember the shooting at Luigi's restaurant (20 years ago now) where a crazed soldier opened fired and killed 4 people and injured 6 others. That is a scenario where it is entirely plausible that innocent lives could have been saved if a CCW holder could have shot the madman before he was able to murder and wound as many people as he did. The point of me carrying my CC weapon is to protect myself, protect my child, and God help me that I'm never put in the situation, but possibly be in a position to save your life or your child's life.
Also, it ain't cheap to get a CC permit. In the course of the required training and education it is made crystal clear that gun-carrying citizens better be EXTREMELY careful to follow the law to the nth degree because our system shows no leniency in gun crimes and you will be prosecuted. I wouldn't risk financial ruin, prison time, or losing my weapons forever just to sit in a bar and have a beer.
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