Personal responsibility via the Second Amendment

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  1. Agreed. I would add that “abdication of responsibilities” is only partially accurate in that individuals’ rights to defend themselves and to police their neighborhoods have been actively limited by government and by the chilling effect of legal liability suits.
    Part of America has grown dependent on their “entitlements”; others have had their freedoms diminished against their will.
    Cherry Tree can expect a visit from the dreaded trial lawyers when the first homeowner shoots an intruder after the new rule is passed.

  2. I agree that people have come to expect the police to be the immediate and absolute answer to more problems than they are maintained to handle. Too often I also notice that after a crime has occurred and makes the news, the heavy analysis of the case ignores the situation the police were in and demands to know how did they allow the crime to happen or why they didn’t do more.
    Police in large urban cities with higher violent crimes have brought some of this expectation to where it is today. The attitude in large cities is that you should give up your weapons and leave it to the police to make things simpler and safer. You are told that the police are all you need in order to discourage more people from having guns, because for some reason in a city having a gun must automatically mean bad things. Out in small towns and rural areas, people better understand how long it takes for help to arrive. It is no different than depending on an ambulance to come when you call 911, but still having a first aid kit nearby.

  3. An interesting side-note: the curriculum for the Concealed Carry Permit holder is very heavy, not with the mechanics of firing a weapon, but with conflict resolution – teaching prospective carriers how to avoid situations where they might have to use those weapons in the first place. So, while I certainly agree that recommending people own firearms and ammo won’t solve the problem, maybe learning how to use them properly (and how to avoid getting into situations where their use may be necessary) could easily make it a significant step down that road.

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