A quirky aspect of U.S. “racial” classification for the past century has been its increasing alignment with left versus right political ideologies. The strangest twist is today’s Black political opposition to armed citizens. In reality, throughout history U.S. gun laws have aimed at ensuring that Blacks are defenseless while Whites are armed.
Archive for August, 2012
The short answer is “yes”, with any pistol designed after World War II. Concealed-carry novices often ask this because it seems dangerous to carry a pistol with its firing pin aligned with a live cartridge. If the pin should accidentally slam forward, won’t it fire the cartridge with potentially horrible results? For example, if the back of the pistol (the exposed hammer, say) were hit hard (by being dropped muzzle-up, for instance), would that not drive the hammer into the firing pin and the pin into the cartridge? Even without an exposed hammer, would not dropping a pistol muzzle-down force the firing pin into the cartridge by inertia? Although such fears were well-founded with pistols designed over a half-century ago, they are no longer valid. Modern pistols have mechanisms that stop the firing pin from touching a cartridge unless the trigger is pulled.
Most states’ application forms for concealed handgun licenses say that your sidearm is solely for your own protection and that of your spouse and children. Your permit is not a license to interfere in other people’s fights, and state laws discourage you from doing so. But what if a LEO (law-enforcement officer) is being beaten or killed? Should you intervene then?
You are legally armed. You are stopped by a LEO (law enforcement officer) either in your car or on the street. Should you tell them that you are carrying a gun before they even ask? This essay analyzes the risks and advantages both ways. It recommends that you always cooperate, always answer truthfully, but never volunteer any information.