Recently, Seattle libraries reversed their policy on firearms and now allow patrons to carry their firearms in the buildings. Both televised and written news stories note public criticism of this reversal with statements such as “nothing good can happen” and “why would someone feel the need to protect themselves in a public venue?”
While bad things do happen in public venues, I am not worried. I am prepared, but not worried. I’m more concerned about the space between where I parked and the venue, where crimes against persons do occur. No one waits for you to dial 911.
As far as “nothing good will happen,” most law-abiding citizens who carry would rather not draw attention to themselves, so in that respect, nothing bad will happen. Intimidation, brandishing and harassment are already grounds for arrest, so, if someone is acting foolishly, by all means exercise these options.
For those who feel they don’t need to protect or defend themselves, that’s their choice and right.
For those like myself, who choose to be able to protect and defend themselves, no one should stand in the way of that right.