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Old 02-18-2008, 03:38 PM   #41
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The access time in a surprise situation really is the issue in using a gun for self defense. Someone who is going to commit a crime with a gun will have prepared beforehand... they will have recently practiced with the gun, will have it loaded, will have it close at hand, and will be emotionally and mentally ready to use it.

A person who uses a gun for self defense will be caught by surprise. They most likely won't have had recent training or practice, won't have it loaded, and most likely will have the gun in a safe or other storage where it will take a little while to dig out. And they will have the burden of having to obey the law and not shoot people who don't deserve it.

It's just not practical for most gun owners to carry a loaded gun on their person in nonthreatening situations like college classes, or sitting at home.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:10 PM   #42
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Anyone see that the guy was complaining the meds made him feel zombie like. Wont take much for a lawyer to pick up on that and go after the pharma companies.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:22 AM   #43
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A person who uses a gun for self defense will be caught by surprise. They most likely won't have had recent training or practice, won't have it loaded, and most likely will have the gun in a safe or other storage where it will take a little while to dig out. And they will have the burden of having to obey the law and not shoot people who don't deserve it.

It's just not practical for most gun owners to carry a loaded gun on their person in nonthreatening situations like college classes, or sitting at home.
Your assertion that people store their firearms in safes or other inaccessible place is valid at home, in this situation it is irrelevant. The incident did not happen at home. When carrying a concealed firearm, it is pointless and stupid not to have it loaded. Everyone I have stopped who did carry concealed also carried it loaded (that's kind of the idea). An unloaded firearm is useless when it is needed, and the firearm is carried in case it is needed. Those people also took carrying their firearm seriously and did practice often.

As far a practicability for people to carry their firearms, as a person who has carried one for many years, the equipment for carrying and the firearms ideal for carrying are comfortable and in many situations not very noticeable. My most recent set up was a simple belly bag. The .40 cal pistol I carried was small enough to fit inside without causing any large identifying bulges and was easily accessible. The trouble to strap it on was not much more involved than a woman grabbing her purse. So in my experience it is very practical to carry a concealed weapon.
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I carry a gun with me, at all times (of course except on college campuses, where its illegal). My gun is always loaded (cocked and locked, if you will).

When I'm sleeping there is a small lockbox that can be opened with a 3 digit combination right by my bed. I have practiced and can open it in the dark, while groggy if need be.

I go to the shooting range about once a month, sometimes more.

I am not a cop, just your average computer programmer who believes in the second amendment and protecting my family.

Like the pitbull story, the cops are not going to be there until it is to late.
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I carry a gun with me, at all times (of course except on college campuses, where its illegal).
Makes you wonder if it's a coincidence that these shootings keep happening in "gun free zones."
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