Regarding news released about a Las Vegas LEO who "froze up" during the mass murder out there. If LEOs can't or won't defend me, then please let me have the opportunity to at least try to defend myself. But I can't do that if I abide by the law and go unarmed in one of the several places where carry by LTC holders is prohibited.An armed, veteran police officer stood idle for several minutes last October as the Las Vegas gunman slaughtered dozens of concertgoers from a perch one floor up
Please do not misunderstand; I am not criticizing the LEO for his inaction. I might freeze up myself in trying to defend myself or a loved one some day - I hope I wouldn't freeze up, and I also hope to never have to find out. I believe no one knows for sure until that day comes.
The point I'm trying to make is simply that it seems to become even more clear to me every day that I cannot depend on someone else to protect me from violence. That being the case, we need to get the laws changed that prohibit LTCer's from carrying in places that are currently off-limits so we might have some chance at protecting ourselves (I'm talking about being prohibited by statute; 30.06 is another topic).
LTCer's as a group have shown themselves to be one of the most law-abiding group of people in the nation. The public has no reason to fear an armed person who has a license to carry a handgun in the state of Texas. It's time for Texas law to reflect that well documented fact.
Also another interesting tidbit from the same article: it's not likely to get better (LEO's "coming to the rescue") any time soon, based on these quotes from different college instructors:
"We teach officers to respond directly to the active killing. Every second that it continues to go on, more lives are at risk," J. Pete Blair, a criminal justice professor and director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training center at Texas State University, told the Associated Press. "But we don't expect them to take unnecessary risks."
Again, I'm not criticizing. But if the evidence shows that I can't depend on a LEO to "rescue" me, and if the professional LEO trainers are saying outright that I shouldn't depend on a LEO to "rescue" me, then at least let me have some chance of "rescuing" myself!And Eugene O'Donnell, a former New York City cop and now instructor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said “we have to be realistic. Police officers are civilians with guns,” he told the Associated Press. “The notion that they can spring into action and take on a mass murderer who is running up the body count is probably something you can't ask."
I know people are working on getting those laws changed, even as I type this. And I truly appreciate those efforts. Consider this just a reminder that those changes in the law are sorely needed!
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/03/la ... shows.html