According to her recent profile in Italian Vanity Fair, the train wreck known as actress Lindsay Lohan (as above) has a concealed carry weapon. “With her grueling month-long house arrest at an end, Lohan talks about her mistakes and her future, the gun she keeps in her pink fur jacket, the fact that jail is a terrible place and her plans to get back into acting.” Assuming Ms. Lohan has a permit for said pistol, and that her high-priced lawyer somehow managed to protect her right to keep and bear arms through a seemingly endless series of convictions, court appearances and incarceration; the two-legged Herbie star’s armed self-defense raises an interesting question. Is it irresponsible to carry a gun when you, yourself, know you’re incapacitated or may soon be so? I’m going with yes . . .
We all go through some rough times. Sometimes life can throw a Gale Force 12 at you. Or you can throw one at yourself. At that point, it may be best to down the tools of self-defense for your own protection. Not just the possibility of suicide. Also the chance that you might lose control of your temper or sanity to the point where you could do someone else harm, however inadvertently.
I know that sentiment plays straight into the hands of the gun-grabbers, who would have people believe that all gun owners are potential drug-addled killers or psychos and, therefore, shouldn’t own guns. But failure to acknowledge even the possibility of personal distress—be it PTSD, a nasty divorce or drug addiction—is the failure to do something about it.
If you have a trusted friend, and you don’t trust yourself, trust your mate with your weapons until better days arrive.
I know: a gun is no more or less of a potential disaster than a knife or a car. If nothing else, you do NOT want to lose your gun rights. If you’re not doing well, not doing well around your firearms could lead to the permanent loss of your gun rights. That would add a considerable amount of suck to an already lousy situation.
You have the right to armed self-defense. If you have to protect yourself from yourself to protect yourself from others, do it. Anything less is irresponsible to yourself, your loved ones and others.