“There. It’s official. You are a now free person, no longer a subject.” I looked over at him and started laughing. I felt my world change. It’s a wild feeling – enormous freedom and enormous responsibility all at once.
I am not going to quote Spider-Man, because let’s face it, half of you nerds were thinking it anyway. But it is appropriate in this instance, because since we choose to arm ourselves in public, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard.
Because I carry concealed, I can’t get road rage. Because I carry concealed, I can’t allow myself to lose control of my temper. Because I carry concealed, I can’t allow myself to be provoked into altercations. I can never, ever, initiate violence against another person unless a reasonable person would believe that I had been in imminent danger of death or grievous bodily harm.
If you carry, you have to hold yourself to the highest standard of personal conduct possible. An armed society is a polite society, because (most) people who choose to arm themselves legally understand the responsibility inherent in their choice.