The New York Times has been on a tear lately screaming about the lack of gun control that they feel will be the answer to gun violence in this country.
In fact, in addition to after purporting that our country’s answer to gun violence is more stringent gun control (including certain firearms being banned), they recently ran a on the issue. This was the first front page editorial since 1920. Of all the incredible, unprecendented events that have occurred and major issues that have been raised in our country since 1920, they picked this topic and time to be paramount above all else. Pure unhinged, editorial insanity.
However, on December 11th, 2015 they ran ludicrous opinion piece. For the life of me, I simply do not know where to start. I skimmed the aricle first. Reading the words “Austin, Texas”, one of the most liberal cities in the US, I knew I was in for a treat. In this waste of ink and void of any rational argument, Zach Stone, a Senior at the University of Texas (Austin) and one of the Founders of , goes on to take us through his experience in applying for, testing and being certified for a concealed carry license in the State of Texas.
His goal in this piece is to “expose” how loose and easy, (in his opinion) it is to receive a CC license in Texas. He premise starts off with this beauty: “I decided to go through the licensing process, even though, technically speaking, I should have had weapons training before I applied.” Before I could go on, the article’s validity died right there before my eyes. This idiot decided to light his strawman argument on fire before even laying out his premise. How did this get past the New York Times editors? Oh…because gun control, that’s why.
Zach, who had never fired a gun before, goes on to explain that during the testing, the instructor chastised him on several occasions. After picking up on the instructor’s guidance, he passed the test: “To pass, you need 175 out of 250 points. If you fail, you get two more chances. I did pretty well in the end — I got 216 points. Zach goes on to state: “As the instructor signed my certificate of shooting proficiency, he asked a legitimate question: “You’ve never fired a gun before today. Why do you want to carry one around?” I had to pause and think, but I replied calmly. “It’s my right.”
The State of Texas concealed carry licensing program is run by the Department of Safety. The written portion of the test includes subjects such as Weapons Laws, Use of Deadly Force, Safe Storage (with an emphasis on storage practices that eliminate the possibility of accidental injury to a child.) Safe Handgun Usage and Non-Violent Dispute Resolution. The laws, rules and regulations for the are fairly stringent. Some states run their CC program through agencies like Fish & Game or Departments of Agriculture. In my state, as in many, there is no handgun proficiency test.
Zach’s mindset and nature is typical of the statist liberal. Personal responsibility is an alien idea to Zach. He desires what all statists wish for: the State, with the power and force of regulations, to replace personal responsibility.
He ends his lamentation with this “gotcha” question: “Given that the system allows me — lacking firearm experience — to get a license, would you be comfortable if we sat with each other in class, upon learning I’m secretly carrying a gun?
What an extraordinary insight into the mind of Zach. You see, instead of asking himself if HE is comfortable with carrying a gun, he turns it around, sloughing off any personal reponsibility in regards to his right to own and carry a firearm. It’s your gun Zach. Don’t YOU want to be proficient with its use? Don’t YOU want to feel “safe” around it? When my son passed the minimum requirements to operate a motor vehicle, I didn’t hand over the keys to a new Porsche. Why didn’t I? There’s no law against it. Zach, never having operated a handgun before, goes out and passes a concealed carry test and then smugly writes an article critizing the program by admitting he would be an irresponsible gun owner. Give him a Gold Star.
Here’s an idea, Zach: you’re not “comfortable” with carrying a firearm or even owning one? Then don’t. Want to feel more comfortable with owning and carrying a firearm? Spend the time and money and practice with it. Take some . Own up to the responsibility of being able to take advantage of the constitutional right bestowed upon you by the people who died for it.
As for your question above? Yes, I would be comfortable. Why would I be? Because if a nut job intent on killing people came into that classroom shooting, something tells me you’d at least try and use your gun when he starts walking towards you. And if not, pass it it over to me, Zach. I got you.