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It's all about technology, economics, and people.  
The advocates of gun control would have you
believe that outlawing guns, or even types of guns,
will make us all safer.  Personally, I hate cell
phones.  The ring tones irritate me, and I find they
make normally rude people even ruder.  On the
other hand, my concealed handgun doesn't bother
anyone, because no one knows it's there.  I have
the comfort of knowing that I'll have the means to
defend myself if a real crazy whips out a gun and
starts shooting people.

Of course, the gun controllers would have you
believe that their view of a gun free world,
consisting of denying anyone the right to concealed
carry permits and even simple gun possession of
any kind, would end gun violence.  However, one
must admit that gun control laws are very effective
in ensuring that police, criminals, and crazies remain
the most well armed people in the country.  As for
police, most gun control advocates view the arming
of police officers as just a necessary evil.  It wasn't
that long ago when those same people were
appalled when police departments left the six shot
revolver to history, and they began arming their
officers with higher ammunition capacity semi-
automatic pistols.

Here's the truth of the matter.  Just as I hate cell
phones, many people hate guns.  You say, "Apples
and oranges."  Sure, but people compare apples
and oranges all the time.  Just because I don't like
the way other people use cell phones doesn't mean
I don't use one.  I carry a cell phone by the same
philosophy I carry my gun…I'll only use it when I
need it.  If I see a man gunning down people, and
I'm not within his line of fire, I can use my cell
phone to call 911.  On the other hand, if that
gunman is bearing down on me, and I have a choice
between my cell phone and my gun, I'll choose the
gun.

I think gun control advocates are scared to death
that without their efforts, everybody is going to be
running around armed and dangerous.  That simply
isn't the way things work.  While anything can
happen at anytime and anywhere, there are
locations and situations much safer than
others…and obviously so.  Most people live in the
present and the future. Few look at history and
realize that the world has always been a dangerous
place, and it will always continue to be dangerous.  
When it comes to concealed carry permits, all the
permit holders need to understand is that if they
use their guns under any circumstances other than
the defense of their own lives, they'll experience the
reality of "lawyer" mob violence.

There's a reason why you go through a background
check before you become a police officer.  If, by the
age of 21, you haven't engaged in criminal conduct,
it's unlikely that you will in the future.  Of course,
everything isn't perfect.  Too many police
departments have liberalized their views toward
past drug use and other "minor" criminal conduct.  
So…now you have situations wherein a person with
past criminal behavior can be hired as a police
officer while a person with no past criminal behavior
will be denied a concealed carry permit.  It doesn't
make a lot of sense, but then, most liberal views
don't.
No…you'll have plenty of real gun control issues to
keep your mind occupied.  Fortunately, there are a
lot of intelligent and reasonable people out there to
fight the public gun control fight.  True, you see a
lot of police chiefs supporting gun control
advocates, but most police chiefs are politicians first
and police second.
As a police officer, you shouldn't lose any sleep over
gun control.  You'll soon learn how rarely criminals
are prosecuted for violating gun laws.  When a
criminal is prosecuted for a gun violation, it will
likely be the only charge.  Even upon conviction, the
sentence rarely amounts to much.  When the gun
violation is only one of several charges, that gun
charge is usually a throw away card for the
prosecution during the deal making process.
"As a police officer, the only kind of gun
control that you should care about is your
personal control of your own weapon."
~ Barry M. Baker
Not that long ago, if you saw a man or woman
walking all alone, waving their arms, and talking to
someone who obviously wasn't there, you'd think
that person was crazy.  Today, the sight is more
than common.  As long as that cell phone clipped to
his or her ear isn't concealed by hair or head wear,
you can quickly distinguish the crazies from the rest
of us…well, maybe.  As technology progresses, that
cell phone will fit inside the ear, and the crazies will
simply blend in with the rest of us.
Expert on Domestic
Gun Control issues
As a police officer, the only kind of gun control that
you should care about is your personal control of
your own weapon.  Technology is a wonderful
thing.  The higher capacity of the semi-automatic
pistol makes the stressful reloading process
extremely easier and better yet…less likely.  
But…the real advance for your safety has been in
holster technology.  In the days of the revolver, the
holsters were terrible.  The gun was secured in the
holster by a simple leather strap over the hammer.  
In those days, there was an unmistakable sound
that you always dreaded hearing.  When you got
into a physical struggle with a suspect, you often
heard that sound.  It didn't matter what kind of
ground you were standing on, for you always
recognized the sound of your revolver hitting the
ground.  Now you had to worry about controlling
your suspect and look for your gun at the same
time.
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