Originally Posted by Bhowie
No one knows what would have happened if the old guy did nothing.
+1. It's like when the music industry used to calculate losses for use in lawsuits against Napster the idea that every song downloaded was an album not bought. "We lost eleventy-hundred quintillion dollars last year!"
We like our guns and we like CCWs to be gotten relatively easily and cheaply, so the "what ifs" always tend to err on the side of the vigilante. The fact that, probably, the stats would say that it would be safer in an armed robbery to do nothing means relatively little. Stats and reality say all sorts of things that go against what makes us feel better; more prisons and greater crime, more traffic lights and more accidents, etc.
I've got no issue with CCW or even having lots of guns (on principle)... my father owns more guns than most people do pairs of socks... but I also would like to see better and more training for those wanting them. One poorly trained idiot who shoots a pedestrian accidentally shouldn't see folk like my dad or friends growing up in KY lose their guns or permits (after all, they are better trained with them and more proficient in their use than most law enforcement, I'd wager), but I'd definitely feel safer knowing that if I AM in an internet cafe and a man has a CCW, he's actually not going to be more dangerous than the armed robbers.