This site is dedicated to the proposition that society is safer when criminals don’t know who is armed.
History has shown us that armed law-abiding citizens can often stop bad situations from getting worse.
Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men. — St. Augustine
I urge you to find out what your state requires to allow you to carry a weapon (preferably concealed) legally, and fulfill your obligations as a citizen.
“The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner.” — Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 97th Congress, Second Session (February 1982)
“The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.” — Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)
“The maintenance of the right to bear arms is a most essential one to every free people and should not be whittled down by technical constructions.” — State vs. Kerner, 181 N.C. 574, 107 S.E. 222, at 224 (1921)
“… a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular individual citizen.
“The duty to provide public services is owed to the public at large, and, absent a special relationship between the police and an individual, no specific legal duty exists.” — District of Columbia Superior Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals issued in 1978 and 1981
Keep it in your suit unless I tell you to take it out. Get yourself a Glock and lose that nickel-plated sissy pistol. — Sam Gerard