A common response to the Terrorist attacks in Paris and now San Bernardino is: why didn’t someone shoot back? The fast answer is that Parisians were dis-armed, to their detriment, long ago. America is different. Lots of Americans have pistols but most people feel safe so they don’t even think about carrying a gun. But in California the reason there was no one who shot back at the terrorists is due to the near impossibility of a citizen to buy a pistol and the impossibility for an average citizen to obtain a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon. The same is true all over America so American’s have effectively been disarmed too, even though a great many have pistols they could carry to shoot back at terrorists.

In Pennsylvania the local sheriff issues “Permits to Carry”. If the local sheriff issued a blanket permit to carry to all of the people who are registered to vote, a lot of pistols would be present if or when terrorists try to attack.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says he believes the fear that armed citizens would return fire serves as a deterrent for a potential terrorist attack in the rust belt city. He also noted “a lot of Detroiters” have concealed pistol licenses. “If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens,” Craig said.

Tennessee’s lieutenant governor is encouraging his “fellow Christians” to consider getting a handgun carry permit after a gunman killed nine people at a local community college in southern Oregon.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities in July in Tennessee, killing four un-armed Marines who were forbidden to carry a gun by Military order. The shooter was Mohannod Youssuf Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait and came to the United States nineteen years ago.

A crowd in Rock Hill Monday urged a state Senate panel to move quickly to pass a bill that would allow South Carolinians to carry handguns, concealed or not, without a permit.

Gun Owners of America, unsurprisingly, is reacting the shooting at an African American church in Charleston in June by urging people to carry guns to church. Charl Van Wyk and Jeanne Assam both stopped mass murders in church with their concealed guns and thereby saved countless lives.

More than 150 people packed a standing-room-only auditorium at York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C. for the hearing on the S.C. Constitutional Carry Act of 2013. The bill would repeal a state law that requires residents to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to carry a firearm, the proposal’s sponsors say.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers are one step closer to being able to carry a concealed handgun without a permit after a decisive vote Thursday in the state Senate. By 21-14, the Senate approved the heavily lobbied measure that pits gun rights activists against groups that want regulation and oversight of people who carry firearms. Three Democrats joined the Republican majority to support the bill. Two Republicans voted against it. The decisive vote led advocates to predict passage in the House of Representatives, which could take up the proposal in the coming days. And it prompted a leading opposition group to urge members to call their state representatives and persuade them to vote “No.”

The bill, L.D. 652, could make Maine one of only seven states that allow individuals to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. It has 96 co-sponsors, more than half the members of the Legislature, and the blessing of some members of the Republican and Democratic leadership.

Alabama: SB 286 The Omnibus Firearms Bill would prohibit employers from banning the otherwise lawful possession, transportation or storage of firearms or ammunition that is kept out of sight within a locked or attended private vehicle of employees on the parking lot of the employer. This bill would allow employees to carry a firearm during their commute to and from work. SB 286 shifts the current “May Issue” concealed carry permit system to a “Shall Issue” permit system and requires that a sheriff must issue the carry permit within thirty days./

Ohio: House Bill 48, nicknamed the “guns everywhere” bill, would allow people to take handguns into areas like school safety zones if firearms are left in the car. Ohio law currently allows people to carry concealed handguns in school zones only when picking up and dropping off a child. The bill, if passed, would also give Ohio’s universities and colleges the choice of allowing concealed handguns on campus.
Florida: With Republican support, Senate committees approved two gun bills in October. One would allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms openly in public places. The other would give concealed-weapons permit holders the right to carry guns on college campus.

Kansas: Starting July 1, 2015 persons licensed to carry concealed guns will be able to enter most public buildings in Kansas if those buildings are not protected by “adequate security measures,” which are specified in the law.

Ohio Law Allows Licensed People to Carry Concealed Firearms into Bars. ​Senate Bill 17, which became effective on September 30, 2011, allows people who have permits to carry concealed firearms into business establishments, such as restaurants and bars, which sell alcoholic beverages. Previously, the law strictly prohibited the carrying of firearms into businesses selling alcoholic beverages. //

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat — a former military officer and licensed gun owner — defended his decision to carry a weapon during a visit this week to an Arab neighborhood. He encouraged other licensed gun owners to also carry their weapons.

Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum of Ulster County, two hours north of Manhattan wrote: “I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to please do so”. He’s on the right track to prevent terrorist attacks in America.

More than 30,000 of Detroit’s 688,000 residents are legally armed, according to Michigan State Police.

So here’s a call on local sheriff’s to issue a blanket permit to carry which after all is what the Second Amendment calls for. An armed citizenry that’s actually armed would help protect more people during terrorists attacks as well as during mass shootings.

Think how good it would have been if a few people had shot the San Bernardino terrorists instead of trying to run or hide.

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