We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The dramatic growth of Right to Carry (ie concealed weapons) since 1986 occurred beneath my radar. "Shall issue" means a carry license will be issued if you pass the background check. I am getting mine - not because I want to carry, but because I want to be able to if I want to. It's a freedom issue. Brits and Aussies: Eat your heart out.
A nice summary of the subject, with maps, at RWN. Here is the current state of the states:
AS they say, it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. As some others say, F*** 'em all but 7 - 6 to carry the casket and one to count cadence. I always thought that honorably discharged combat veterans, those whose record shows the use of arms in defense of the nation should be able to carry a concealed weapon without the permit, but should produce upon request their DD 214 (military discharge) proving that they have used a weapon.
I am a licensed to carry citizen of the state of CT and PA. And I carry every day. I agree with the concept that goesh puts forth but the hard fact is that some of our veterans and I mean a very SMALL number may not be in a position to justify carrying. War does have a way of causing some istability in some. Not most. but some. and yes I have my DD214.
I firmly believe that all members of the military reserves should have the right to carry. A reserve military ID should be permit enough. Goes to the heart of the 2nd amendment - even liberal interpretations.