This letter is in response to Jim McCarthy's letter and anyone else who believes more guns in public means a safer community. I’m not sure about him, but I’m positive I live in the real world. In the real world, people who carry guns are no better or worse than everybody else, and that’s the problem.
When we allow guns in schools, or churches, or bars, or any other public place, we are expecting the gun-carriers to be perfect. Perfect in their temperament when another parent starts screaming at the ref at their child’s basketball game, or at a bar when their opponent tries to cheat in a game of pool. Perfect in their judgment in recognizing what is an actual act of violence that justifies a lethal response. Perfect in instantly discerning who the actual perpetrator of that violence is, and not an off-duty police officer or a bystander that has just subdued the gunman. Perfect in their aim as the adrenaline is racing through their veins and bullets are flying by them. Perfect possibly even without any firearm training because Georgia doesn’t require any training to obtain a carry-permit.
Despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary, we continuously hear from the pro-guns-everywhere side that carry-permit holders are model citizens: the “good guy with a gun.”
Whether it’s at a convenience store in Jacksonville, inside a movie theater near Tampa or outside a pool hall in Flowery Branch, we’ve seen over and over that carry-permit holders are capable of the same fears, biases and stupidity as everyone else. The problem is they won’t admit it.
Whenever a “responsible law-abiding gun-carrying citizen” commits an illegal act with a gun, the pro-carry side bends itself into a pretzel explaining how texting or loud music justified a lethal response. Either that or they instantly switch him from a “good guy” to a “bad guy.” It’s too bad they can’t make that judgment in advance.
People who see the world through “fear goggles” and insist they must carry a gun at all times to protect themselves, are far from perfect. Knowing that, why would we allow them to carry guns into our schools, churches or bars?