It’s Time to Arm Private Citizens
Acts of multiple terrorism are new for us. Notice, that most acts take place in crowded, gun-free areas. These shooters aren’t stupid. It is common knowledge that if numerous people in these places are likely to be armed, then shooters will be much less likely to choose that place. I can tell you from experience, if they know you’re going to respond, they choose much, much more carefully when and where.
To get a CCW (Conceal Carry Weapon) permit there should be training available, maybe even mandatory. In my area, use and safety training are mandatory for CCW, not for generally owning a gun to keep at home. CCW training should now include what to do when being shot at alone or in a crowd. I am an ex-infantry officer and I did a combat tour. The military experience shows that citizens can be trained and be responsible. I lived for months carrying a sidearm and being around others carrying weapons. I NEVER knew of any incident where people on base shot someone. Because so many were trained in weapon use and who were carrying openly, you had to be suicidal to open fire. Weapon training includes locating the target.
Now, in an era of terrorist shootings, we need to rethink personal and group security. The good Samaritan laws need to be revised to include CCW holders. Just like people are trained to do CPR, they can be trained to render security assistance when there is a shooting. If you render assistance and shoot someone else, of course there should be an investigation, but the good Samaritan law should protect you just as in cases of medical assistance.
These things can be done. It’s new and new experiences require new ideas. I see by your comments that you, not me, are the one who has no experience and hasn’t thought it through.
The police are generally doing a terrible job of just about everything, anyway. In all of these recent incidents police had investigated these shooters. Nothing happened. This is not unique to police. This is inherent in this type of institutional setting, meaning govt. Don’t get me wrong, I am against private police forces. There is no real means to force them to do better policing. While I am very sympathetic to the police in the #BlackLivesMatter controversy, they need much better training about what to do when confronted with a suspect resisting arrest. The Freddie Gray murder over CIGARETTES for God’s sake?
The police themselves need to be trained to behave differently when there are CCW’s in the crowd. Also the opposite, when police arrive CCW’s need to know what to do and to defer to the police. Police do not like CCW’s. They haven’t been trained to look for or work with CCW’s. That can change. This training needs to come from outside the police force, otherwise, they will fail to train responsibly and effectively to include CCW’s. Also, police are human. They are not looking out for YOUR safety as their first priority. They are looking out for their own. You come second.
You have to also understand that citizens have no constitutional right to police protection, see Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 4-278, SCOTUS. There are other rulings, too. Per SCOTUS police are for the protection of society, not individuals.
Rather than make straw man arguments, meaning made-up situations where you have predetermined the outcome, let’s take a real one, Orlando. The shooter spent 3 hours walking around and shooting. Idiots hid in the bathrooms. 49 dead and 53 wounded later…
What’s the first reaction when shooting starts? You fall down or take cover. That leaves the shooter standing. Of course if people are stupid enough to run and scream, then you have to wait to identify the shooter. Unfortunately, there weren’t any CCW people there. That’s why he killed 49 and wounded 53.
Try my scenario. The shooter kills several. You now know who he is. You shoot him and others shoot him at the same time. Being shot at from different locations is confusing. If more people have CCW’s then in a larger crowd it is likely there are multiple CCW’s. Good. You’ve gone to training. You know what to do. If you are not confident or are afraid, then why do you have a CCW?
Back to Orlando. Let’s do that body count again – 49 dead and 53 wounded without CCW. With CCW’s it will likely have been far fewer and it won’t have lasted three hours. Wouldn’t 29 dead by terrorist and 5 dead by CCW be better? What about 43 by terrorist and 5 by CCW? That’s 48. Isn’t that better than 49? Even if the count is 49 terrorist and 5 additional by CCW. So what? How did anyone know it wouldn’t be 75 terrorist and 0 CCW?
I think 49 dead, 53 wounded in a 3 hour siege is unconscionable. This should be a wakeup call for the arming of individuals and the realization that the police are institutionally incapable of preventing most terrorist acts. This means that we have to wake up and understand the limitations of what our police can do for us. We can call this “Flight 93”, where people died sacrificing themselves to save others.
Next time someone is in a crowd with a CCW and a terrorist opens fire, they and others yell “Flight 93, roll it”. That will get things started.http://vandanson.com/its-time-to-arm-private-citizens/The Second AmendmentActs of multiple terrorism are new for us. Notice, that most acts take place in crowded, gun-free areas. These shooters aren’t stupid. It is common knowledge that if numerous people in these places are likely to be armed, then shooters will be much less likely to choose that place. I...VanDansonVanDanson firstname.lastname@example.orgAdministratorVanDanson