About two months ago my wife and I decided to get our concealed firearm permit. Utah is one of the most ‘liberal’ states as far as getting these permits (you don’t need to be resident) but it still requires a 4h class on firearms safety and basics on the laws of self-defense and use of force (you can see the required curriculum here).
So we went to a range we know and sat through the class. It was actually a 6h class, which cost $40 each and covered everything from what type of guns there are, how to clean them, how to use them correctly and most importantly it covered many aspects of gun law in Utah and differences across several states. A lot of the lessons we learned there were quite surprising: Never brandish a gun; Only draw your weapon if you are willing to shoot to kill; You cannot use your gun to protect property, only to protect your life or someone else’s life in cases of imminent threat (Texas is the only State that allows use of a gun to protect property).
If I asked you to guess how the instructor looked like what would you say?
Well, she was a small blonde in her 30s. The fact that a woman was teaching this class didn’t surprise me that much. If you ever go to a range you will see a lot of women in there, all ages and sizes. Half of the people in our class were women. The real surprise came later on.
She was telling us that she has had her permit since she turned 21 and that she always carries a gun no matter where she goes. She made jokes about having different guns for different occasions and how hard it is to conceal when you wear a low cut dress or a bikini. But then she got serious and mentioned that her favorite gun was a small revolver that could fit in any of her purses. That was important to her because that was the gun she carried every day to work… at an elementary school (Even though 34 states have laws allowing members of the general public to carry concealed handguns if they have permits, only 12 states allow adults to carry concealed weapons on school property if they have a permit).
There are basically two types of people when the subject is guns. Type one thinks that guns are an aberration and that the only solution to violence is to prohibit guns in all places and situations. They think guns actually make people more violent since they can only be used to do evil. Only the police (in some cases, not all) should be allowed to use them.
Type two believes that it is impossible to control guns 100% of the time. They are just too cheap and easy to get and if you try to limit their use you will only get them out of the hands of the people who follow the law in the first place. People in this group also see guns as a tool capable of evil or good. Guns are the greatest ‘power equalizer’ – not only they allow you to protect yourself from other guns but they allow you to protect against people who are carrying other weapons (like knives) or that are simply a lot stronger than you are.
Today after hearing about the school shooting in Rio I thought about my gun safety instructor and her insurance policy, as she called her concealed revolver in her purse.
I wondered about how things would have turned out if something like that happened in a place where guns were not outlawed like in Brazil but instead, a place where all teachers were required to carry a weapon… Every single one of them, trained and ready to take action when needed.
Would that retarded son of a whore still had gone through his little coward act of violence?
Even if he did… How many of those 12 defenseless kids would still be alive tonight?