I guess there is some discussion in South Carolina about people getting their permits on-line, and independentmail.com is offering something of a point-counterpoint here. That’s fine; anyone who knows me at all knows that I’m a strong advocate of getting people who disagree with each other to engage in a little palaver. But just when things are going well, you get someone like Michael Staton jumping in . . .
I’ve had a healthy obsession with firearms, their history and the way they operate for the better part of the last decade, and I’ve taken great joy in spending time at the gun range. I support a person’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I don’t think this amendment should be subverted or changed in any way, which is why the stance I’m about to take on concealed-weapons permits might surprise you.
Okay…a pro-gun guy, believes that the Second Amendment means what it says; maybe he thinks permits should be done away with entirely? If only.
I have read some alarming things about online concealed-weapons classes over the past couple of weeks. I don’t disagree with a person’s right to carry a firearm on their person, but if that person chooses to shoulder such a huge responsibility he should be required to be as informed and well trained as possible.
Got that? Mike has such contempt for folks who shoulder such a huge responsibility that he thinks they need to be forced to learn how to properly utilize their defensive tools and the laws regarding use of deadly force. Tell me something, Mike, would you get a carry permit without learning how to handle your weapon and the circumstances under which you can lawfully use deadly force?
If your answer is no then how dare you? How dare you assume that you and only you are sensible enough to take the steps necessary to truly prepare yourself (as well as one ever can prepare oneself) for a DGU?
Before I started carrying my first weapon, I had run over a thousand rounds through it, practiced clearing malfunctions by having a friend insert snap-caps in random locations in random magazines. I studied Everything You Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Minnesota (the permit to carry text for a number of instructors) and learned the state statutes on self-defense (the book was a lot clearer and better written, by the way).
But if your answer is yes, Mike, you’d get yourself a permit without knowing how to shoot your weapon or the laws surrounding the use of deadly force. So please do us all a favor and turn all your guns over to a friend and never pick one up again, OK?