One unfortunate aspect of the Tucson tragedy is a reawakening of the right of non-law enforcement residents of Arizona to carry concealed weapons without regard to any training, permitting, or, most importantly, the carrier’s mental health.
It is beyond question that those among us who insist upon carrying a concealed weapon are paranoid and/or suffer from delusions of grandeur. They see criminals in every checkout line, they spend inordinate amounts of time worrying about home invasions, they think every pedestrian is a car-jacker. Worse, they envision themselves as heroes, quickly gunning down a criminal who dared commit a crime within their view, acting as judge, jury and executioner. They are eager for the adoration that befalls a genuine hero. They thrive on the possibility of this attention.
Unfortunately, 99.9 percent of them are just sick individuals whom we can only hope never decide to pull out their weapons and start blasting away.
Edward F. Murphy, MESA