While the mainstream press continues beating the drum against Stand Your Ground laws – a cornerstone tenet of modern self-defense – the data suggests more people believe in personal safety responsibility, as the Denver Post reported today that concealed carry permits are increasing dramatically in the state that just adopted tough new gun laws.
This column noted that concealed pistol license numbers here in Washington continue to rise, with more than 437,000 CPLs now in circulation as of July 19.
Anecdotal evidence reveals that people put those carry permits to good use. In Buffalo, N.Y. a legally-armed man shot two would-be robbers, and this morning’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that an armed citizen shot a would-be robber at a Waffle House restaurant early today.
The Seattle Times today reports that North Carolina has some new laws, including one that allows legally armed citizens to carry guns in bars and restaurants. Washingtonians can carry in restaurants, and even have a drink with dinner, but they can’t carry guns into the cocktail lounges of those restaurants, or into taverns.
Of course, none of this touches on open carry, a sensitive subject with some since last week’s ugly confrontation in downtown Seattle between OC activist Steve Coffman and an unidentified man who berated and provoked him because he was legally carrying a single-action revolver on his hip as he waited for a bus. This column covered that controversy, creating something of a stir by temporarily publishing an image Coffman captured of the man giving him the one-finger salute.
The Denver Post said concealed carry applications during the first six months of this year jumped 87 percent over the same period last year.
All of this has come during a period when the press and gun prohibition lobby would have everyone reflecting about guns following the Sandy Hook tragedy. Perhaps everyone has done just that, and decided that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have one.
The George Zimmerman verdict launched a new wave of emotional campaigning against SYG and concealed carry, but reports from Florida and elsewhere today suggest the majority of people are okay with these laws. Perhaps, as some in the firearms community believe, much of the posturing is to discourage other states from adopting SYG laws.
The other day, a Kent man noted in a letter to the Seattle Times that if Zimmerman hadn’t been armed, he might have been killed by blunt force trauma as a result of having his head pounded against the sidewalk by Trayvon Martin. That’s a “what if” scenario, and we only have a “what was” to judge, which the jury did before arriving at a “not guilty” verdict.
Gun advocates constantly remind people that their camp is not insisting that everyone carry a firearm. They are simply defending the right to make that choice. From all indications, millions of Americans have arrived at a decision, in Colorado, Washington, Florida and elsewhere, and they’re sticking by their guns.
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