The response I liked best was this one:
1/10/2008 11:44:00 AM
violence or it's results. I am a retired funeral home owner, ambulance owner and County Coroner (not a Deputy, the CORONER) from another state. In 45 years I have walked into a small home where 5 people lay dead, the victims of a 22 year old who wanted to kill people just to see what it felt like, then went out for hamburgers before calling the Sheriff to tell him what he'd done.
I've taken 2 people out of the back seat of a car where they were shot just because the guy walking by felt like it.
In over 200 cases such as these I at no time ever picked up anyone who was killed by someone who was being attacked, but I've picked up many innocent victims of attacks who had no means of defending themselves.
These are facts, not speculative ramblings by politically correct individuals who have nothing better to do than to try to run other people's lives.
My lady companion's son was walking down a quiet street in rural California when he was robbed then shot to death by two ******** - he wasn't armed, and the ******** skipped back into Mexico before they could be apprehended.
I see no posts on this thread from anyone who claims any real-life experience with firearms; you are sitting in your warm, safe, cozy homes postulating premises in which you have no experience. I speak from removing the cold, dead bodies; of presiding at the autopsies; of facing the killers in court; of literally having innocent blood on my hands as I removed what was once someone's husband, wife, child or other loved one. You are in your ivory towers; I've been in the mud and the blood.
I carry a Glock; I also carry a small one-way device to use to prevent vomit or blood from coming into my mouth should I ever have to perform CPR to SAVE a life.
I regularly go to a firing range to retain my proficiency, and fire Practical Police Courses and Police Combat Courses whenever the opportunity presents itself. I regularly fire over 280 out of 300 scores, and frequently score a "possible" - 300 out of 300.
Yes, I carry a device to take life, and yes, I carry a device to save lives.
Both devices require frequent training and practice, and I diligently so train and practice.
It is my deepest and most sincere hope that I NEVER be called upon to utilize either device - but should that occasion ever occur, I am prepared and qualified to use either skillfully and with good judgement.
As a Viet-Nam veteran, I've heard the sounds of battle before; I never want to hear them again.
For the nay-sayers to those of us who are responsible CCW holders and users, I ask this: At the Trolley Square incident there was one man with a weapon who prevented a number of other deaths. He happened to be a very brave member of the Ogden police force, but any CCW holder could have intervened had he not been there. How many lives were saved because one man, police officer or not, had and used his concealed weapon?
This is an excellent response to all the insane rhetoric that I read on the comments section of the article you were shown in SGT. I really like his logic. It may not talk about the airport or its wrongfully placed signs, but it is a great retrospective to be privy to.