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Daily Archives: July 26, 2012

Thinking about: Aurora

Everybody has to have an Aurora Shooting Post – it’s in the guild rules somewhere. Anyway:

There’s an older story about a gathering of gunwriters, self defense gurus, industry people, for … I don’t remember, some shoot or something. Anyway, during lunch the conversation turns to the merits of various firearms for self defense and, after awhile, one of them pipes up with “a .38 J frame.” The rest of the room is aghast, and, sputtering, demands an explanation. He crosses his leg, taps his ankle, and replies, “Because apparently it’s the only gun in this room.”

Other writers and trainers have talked about going to police meetings and being surrounded in a sea of gunlessness, and plenty of applicants for CCW licenses will say, “It’s only for when I feel like it” or “It’s just so I can have something in the glove compartment.”

Which brings me to the point of today’s cogent observation – I am amazed at the number of guys on various gun fora who are now piping up with some form of “I’m going to have to start carrying again.” This leads to two points – “WTF???? You mean you WEREN’T????” and “I wonder how long before the ‘I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to dress to carry today’ becomes the mindset again.”

It would not surprise me to find that there were people in the Aurora theater who HAD licenses to carry – and who didn’t even have the “I left my gun in the car because the theater said ‘Gun Free Zone'” excuse.