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  •  Great piece from Adam Weinstein at Gawker: (3+ / 0-)
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    It's Really Hard to Be a Good Guy With a Gun


    The universe of scenarios in which carrying a gun seems prudent or useful just keeps shrinking and shrinking, even as the legal freedom to wield personal firepower keeps expanding. The NRA has recalibrated its message for the 21st century: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." But in many ways, the 21st century has already overtaken us good guys.


    At a time when the nature of our mass-shooting problem urges more circumspection, more responsibility on the part of gun owners, the law has barreled in the other direction: Concealed carry is easier than ever, in more places than ever; open carry is supplanting it in many states. My worries about carrying in courthouses and arenas seems quaint as states expand carry laws to cover virtually every space, even schools.


    Florida's required concealed-carry course can now be taken in minutes at a gun show, revolving-door style. I doubt they even bother with that black-man-with-the-tire-iron scenario nowadays, since stand your ground has effectively taken away a gun owner's duty to retreat, to seek any way out of a nasty situation before turning it into a shootout. A recent expansion of the law even makes it legal to brandish your gun or pinch off a warning shot, which would have been unthinkable in the now-halcyon days of concealed carry's infancy.

    The cultural effect of all these laws is to encourage a kind of hypervigilance that's simultaneously paranoid and arrogant. It encourages armed citizens to seek confrontations and escalate them, confident that they can end them definitively. That hypervigilance looks at my questions and scenarios and doubts and says, like a drill instructor in a true army of one: "Then don't carry a gun, you equivocating pussy. Leave the defending to us real men."

    It's a great read. I'd highly recommend it.

    "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

    by Bob Johnson on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:42:10 PM PDT

    •  It makes (1+ / 0-)
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      eating at home and ordering online all the more appealing.  

      When people stop frequenting brick and mortar businesses in enough numbers, out of fear - because obviously no place is safe if you can be ambushed at a pizza place, and hanging out with armed good guys won't save you, it might actually make you less safe - then...? Maybe we'll see.

      I've got relatives in some of these states - Georgia, for example - and have no plans to set foot there as long as this insanity continues.  I wonder if businesses that cater to tourists and business travelers are seeing an impact or  if e-tailers have seen a rise in sales since the NRA hijacked our government.

      Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known. - Michel de Montaigne

      by penelope pnortney on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 10:12:54 PM PDT

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      •  Economic Action (0+ / 0-)

        Given that a number of restaurant chains have already stepped up in Texas to insist that the armed, roving squirrels go elsewhere, I'd have to say there's a de facto element of economic action already underway. However, those businesses' actions are aimed toward self-preservation, both to prevent their customers from staying away out of fear as well as to make a statement that the raving rovers are simply not wanted. Organizing boycotts of businesses that allow the armed patrons a "safe haven" might also contribute toward the desired effect.  It's only a matter of time, though, until naked  aggression takes over again and sets the stage  for yet another mental case's bloodbath.  We're doing nothing to short-circuit the  cycle.

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