Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What is a "Good Guy with a Gun"?

I think many people misunderstand the NRA stance of "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun."

I submit that most people take that to mean the "good guy" is an armed citizen.

In reality, I am sure "good guy" could be an armed citizen or could be law enforcement or armed security.

Those who are opposed to private carrying of firearms, are all for the police and probably armed guards having firearms. They often espouse "just call 911!" And what is it you are hoping will happen when you call 911? Are you hoping an ambulance shows up? Or maybe the fire department? Maybe the dog warden? No. You want the police to show up, with their guns, to end a bad situation.

So those who are opposed to armed citizens are not against guns, per se, as they want the cops to show up, armed, and handle the situation. They are against a responsible citizen being armed and able to defend himself or herself and possibly end a bad situation.

It is state-ism, pure and simple. I carry a firearm. I am VERY aware of the responsibility that comes along with that. I am hopeful that I will NEVER have to use my firearm in defense of myself or others. If I am ever in a bad situation, I would LOVE it if the police were close enough to end the event, without my participation. All that being said, I still carry, because you never know when something bad is going to happen, how far away the police will be, and what you may be called upon to do.

The police are "good guys" with guns.

I will never use my firearms in an irresponsible manner. I will never use my firearms to commit a crime. I hope to never use my firearms to defend myself or others, but if the situation calls for it, I am ready to do so.

I am a "good guy" with a gun.