Thursday, February 26, 2004


"HERE'S ANOTHER in a steady stream of reports along these lines:

76 million people own a gun in this country. And now more than ever, the number of women who are buying and learning to fire guns is increasing.

Maybe they're inspired by guys like this one:

A senior citizen using the men's room yesterday at a popular Middletown eatery was approached by a would-be robber waving a knife. The potential victim responded by pulling out his own weapon - a handgun.

A thin, white male between 25 and 30 years old tried to rob the 68-year-old Langhorne man about 9:30 a.m. at the Great American Diner and Pub, 1201 E. Lincoln Highway, Middletown Sgt. Ken Mellus said.

The Langhorne man is licensed to carry the gun, police said. No shots were fired and the suspect fled."
The older I get, the more likely I think it is that sometime in my twenties I'm going to learn to shoot, and get a concealed-carry license for a handgun. Here's the problem: the first article says more women are carrying guns; the second describes a story of a man using one effectively. Now, before you accuse me of sexism, hear me out. Where is a man likely to carry a gun? In a holster or pocket, right? A woman, I think, is more likely to carry hers in a purse. So what?
Someone who wants to rob a man tells him "hand over your wallet," enabling the man to pull out his gun instead.
Someone who wants to rob a woman says "give me your purse," NOT "reach into your purse and pull out your wallet." So, now, the woman has still been robbed, and now the thief also has a gun.

UPDATE: Maybe I'll have to move to Missouri (via The Volokh Conspiracy):
"Court en banc holds: (1) The trial court erred in declaring the concealed-carry act unconstitutional under article I, section 23. This section states: 'That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.' The words of the last clause are plain and unambiguous. Read in proper grammatical context, and giving the words their common usage, this clause does not prohibit wearing concealed weapons. Rather, it prohibits a person from invoking the constitutional right to keep and bear arms as a justification for wearing concealed weapons. The general assembly, therefore, retains its plenary power to enact legislation regarding the use and regulation of concealed weapons." [emphasis added]

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