Johhny Electriglide wrote:
Real combat veterans such as myself would not be "under-trained volunteers".
Sorry, but yes you are. How long has it been since you were in combat or trained? Skills are lost when not used and those are skills that would have to be revived at best.
Plus others, trained for the job, would not be "cowboys out to kill someone".
Only if they were vetted in a similar fashion as police officers in major organizations. If they are just trained volunteers, you will have cowboys included because they are the first to volunteer in such a case.
Those with CCW don't have to have their guns showing to children either. A potential shooter/bomber/slasher would not know who is armed, but that there are people there who are, and ready to stop him/her.
Yes, but they have to be readily accessed when needed, which means they will not remain a secret for long. A bulge is easily noticed if you are looking.
Remember, Paladin only used his gun when he had to, had great respect for the law, and compassion for his fellow man and for women. He was the ultimate good guy, often doing good for no fee at all.
And a fictional television character too.
We had a "bomb scare" a while back where a soldier driving down the interstate saw what could have been a bomb similar to IEDs he had seen in Iraq. This had been reported a day earlier to the highway patrol and the trooper sent to investigate did not find the threat. The deputies did and shut down the interstate, a cross road over the interstate, and two roads parallel to the insterstate near the site. They deployed their bomb unit and the SWAT team to secure the area in case there was a sniper waiting to shoot the bomb squad when it came to disarm it. One member of the SWAT team shot himself in the leg with his AR, which sent everyone into a tissy for a while. This was a trained officer who recieved additional training every month to remain on the SWAT team and he shot himself with a rifle. The bomb was a bundle of swim noodles, which had been attached to a fishing boat as a bumper so there were no other casualties in the incident except for the two hours it took me to drive 5 miles to get home.