Seventy years ago, the U.S. dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. It was the beginning of the end of World War II in the Pacific. While the world continues to debate the necessity of the resulting carnage, there’s no question that Russia’s subsequent development of the atomic bomb helped stave off any future world wars, thanks to the threat of mutually assured destruction. The question is . . .
does the same concept apply on the micro-level? A criminal with a gun knows/believes/hopes that he or she has the power to incapacitate their victim(s) if not destroy them. If a criminal knows that their victim(s) have an equal capability does that prevent them from attacking?
We can’t use concealed carry for this thought experiment. We can only ponder the role of open carry, where a criminal knows his or her victim(s) is armed.
On one hand, cops open carry and they get attacked. On the other hand, as a full-time gun blogger, I can count the number of stories about open carriers assaulted by bad guys on one hand. The number of times two or more open carriers in the same place were attacked? Look ma, no hands!
Ban the bomb? No thanks. Ban open carry? No thanks. Your thoughts?