The argument we usually hear from those who would ban civilians from carrying firearms, openly or concealed, is that women, mostly, would end up either shooting themselves or have the gun taken away from them and shot.
What we don’t usually hear is that if a person has a gun, they’ll freak out, panic, and accidentally shoot and maim half-a-dozen bystanders to a purse-snatching, but that’s present David Frum sees.
One of the reasons we should not let people carry deadly weapons around town with them: many of us are prone to panic in unexpected situations – and might respond to a purse-snatching by opening poorly aimed fire and likely maiming half a dozen unfortunate passers-by
— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 4, 2019
Just do what Joe Biden suggested: buy a shotgun, keep it in your house, and just blow a hole through the front door into the darkness if you think there might be intruders out there up to no good. Now that’s sensible gun control.
Speak for yourself.
There are over a million CHL holders in Texas, for instance, if this stereotype were even remotely true, the crime rate would reflect it (and CHL crimes are publicly posted by DPS).
Nationally, permits have increased, crime has decreased. https://t.co/Qok72ArCdq
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 4, 2019
You might be prone to panic, most gun owners however are not. https://t.co/6W6JD8vL9Y
— ParatrooperJJ (@ParatrooperJJ) September 4, 2019
You mean YOU are prone to panic. You don’t know me.
— Chef Michael Perry (@lcbchefperry) September 4, 2019
Talk about projection, David.
— Kirk Freeman (@KirkFreemanLaw) September 4, 2019
Who’s panicking, exactly? CNBC’s John Harwood would call the cops if he saw someone legally open carrying in a coffee shop. It doesn’t matter if the guy was just waiting in line; he could go nuts at any moment and open fire. This woman too would call the cops, assuming that you’re a bad person up to no good if you’re carrying a gun. That’s why Starbucks had to ask those cops to leave; their firearms were causing a panic.
A ridiculous premise. No one fires on a purse snatcher (unless perhaps they try to steal the gun in my bag).
Training/testing is required to carry.
Must demonstrate marksmanship and safe handling.
Someone prone to panic isn't likely to apply for, or pass, the training and test.
— PJ Boyle (@PJforAmerica) September 4, 2019
We have had concealed carry for decades. This does not happen.
— The Intersect (@mburm201) September 4, 2019
— Agente Cuádruple (@AgenteCuadruple) September 4, 2019
That is seriously the argument he's hitching his wagon to??
— ?? Robb Keegan ?? (@McKeeganish) September 4, 2019
For the year 2018, Texas CHL holders were four times less likely to commit a crime than the rest of Texas residents age 21 or older. This can be easily be confirmed by looking at the Texas DPS statistics webpage.
— MikeSmrekMVP (@MikeSmrekMVP) September 4, 2019
The responses to this fascinate me. Prob because I grew up in a place that was literally founded on getting private property, but it's amazing how many people do not share the belief that private property, whatever it is, is worth protecting from those who would take it by force. https://t.co/K7ndv8Xszt
— Mere Dake-O'Connor (@meredithdake) September 4, 2019
People actually think like this. https://t.co/mOXb0RT5gi
— Nuclear Herbs (@NuclearHerbs) September 4, 2019
They do … check it out:
I live in Michigan. Once at an empty Kroger a man with a holstered gun was checking out in front of me. The cashier froze. I have a license he said, but she and I stood shaking. Guns are intended to demonstrate power. And violence. https://t.co/UDQfr7faDH
— christina hill (@Crissiegirldee) September 4, 2019
Not to mention how easy it would be to pull a rifle off the shoulder of someone with their hands full. Open carry is just a bad idea all around. It is an accident waiting to happen.
— Frank Mitman (@frankdpi) September 4, 2019
Pulling a rifle off of someone with their hands full isn’t an accident, but none of this makes sense anyway.
Here’s your open carry photo of the day from the Republican convention, plus bonus hugs https://t.co/zbVD1dlDuf
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 19, 2016