Having a firearm for self defense (the police were USELESS to STOP the recent shooting of 5 UNARMED persons at the Penske Truck Rental in Kennesaw) wherever I may wish to have one is a VERY, VERY good idea.
Are people in general so dense as to believe they can truly predict where, and when, such a violent assault may occur?
Bet the troops in Ft. Hood did not think they might have to defend themselves, on their own base, but sadly, they were wrong.
Listen, if you don't want to be able to defend yourself against the crazies and the criminals, fine. Your life, your call.
But don't even START to believe you can also rightfully make such a call for me.
Your life is yours, mine is mine.
I fully support a vetted citizen (not a mental case or a criminal) being allowed to exercise their RIGHT to carry a firearm for the purpose of personal protection ANYWHERE, and that such a firearm be at least as technically advanced and capable as the ones our Law Enforcement personnel carry, as, simply due to their current employment, their life is not one iota more precious than any other persons.
Historically, and documentably, citizens who carry legally with permits have committed less violent crimes, including ones involving the use of firearms, than have Law Enforcement Officers in Georgia, per capita.
As I am statistically LESS likely to use my firearm wrongfully than the average Police Officer, why should I not be able, at least, to have mine wherever they have theirs, since I am less a threat to law and order?
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