Originally Posted by Saucemaster
I'm usually pretty conservative--or is it liberal?--on firearms. No real problem with concealed carry, no problem with guns in general, support outlawing things like, say, .50 cal machine guns or grenade launchers, but rifles/handguns don't bug me... but this one I never understood. Firearms + alcohol just seems like you're begging for a bar fight to escalate out of control. Does that ever happen?
Actually it doesn't seem to happen, or at least is not publicised (what's the chance of that?). I cannot think of an instance, and surely not involving CC permit holder(s).
Many, if not most, of the carrying people I know have the permit as it eases many regulations with regard to transporting firearms/collecting issues, and further, have grown up hunting, so they know the 'pull trigger = very dead' tautology.
As for .50 cal machineguns and grenade launchers, well, you probably know they have been highly regulated at the Federal and State level since 1934, requiring local, federal and FBI background checks, plus a hundred day or so wait. The people who buy ($20-30k in the case of a .50) and register them simply do not commit crimes with them, and, I might add, enjoy them greatly. Google 'Knob Creek Shoot', perhaps even on YouTube. Don't mean to come off as argumentative or a zealot (I'm not, BION), but I find so many people unaware of the possibility of legal ownership of machineguns, and of the Class III community's superb record (only one crime ever committed with a registered machinegun, can give DOJ source), that I mention it when I can.