Without turning this into a concealed carry or gun control debate I'll offer a few comments.UncleBob wrote: ↑Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:51 amThat's the problem, though. If everyone comes armed, you are only as safe in church as the dumbest idiot with a gun. Grandma isn't going to like that.FredS wrote: ↑Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:07 amI don't like it on the surface, but then I don't carry and don't feel the need to carry. That said, I'm quite sure there are guys at my local church who do. But the sanctuary is a place set apart. There are many things I don't/won't do there.
Also, the article UB posted is more about an idiot with a gun than it is about carrying a gun.
1. Not "everyone comes armed". Some will, but most will not.
B. I s'pect we're more likely to be shot by a bad guy intent on harm at church (or anywhere) than by an accident-prone idiot.
2. What Grandma doesn't know won't hurt her. Every day, Grandma passes dozens of drivers on the road and shoppers at the grocery store who are carrying and she never even knows it.
3. Many people who don't carry, and don't understand how many of their fellow citizens do, think it'll be like the wild west if a bunch of people carry. Like a guy is going to pull out a gun and shot someone who swipes their parking spot at the mall or looks at their wife for one second too long. That mentality applies in the hood where guys are shooting each other over slights every night (with illegal guns btw) but not with regular gun-toting folk who'd rather let 'offenses' slide than use deadly force over something trivial. How likely is it that a regular dude will confront the parking lot offender with even a harsh word? It's way less likely they'd pull their gun out and start shooting.