Still don’t mix. GunPundit links to a letter in an Arizona paper where the letter writer is concerned about a proposed Arizona law that would allow carry in bars, provided the person carrying isn’t imbibing. As usual, the letter portrays gun owners and permit holders as trigger happy maniacs, and assumes that we would use our firearms to bully people into giving us alcohol.
In the past, I’ve talked about how guns and alcohol are a bad mix; and I stand by that statement. If I’m going out and planning on drinking, the gun stays at home. I might have a beer with dinner or something like that while I’m carrying, but even that is a rare occurrence. I do volunteer to be the sober driver for my friends a lot, so I end up packing and drinking godawful bar coffee while everyone else drinks it up, and I’m fine with that.
Carrying a firearm to defend your life (and your family) is the ultimate expression of personal responsibility, and it carries a significant burden with it. We can’t get road rage and try to run people off the road, we can’t get drunk and start fights in bars – we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.