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    thoughtful reply.  I hope you slept well, as well, and are enjoying your day.

    I would suggest that by your measure, anyone who "believes" he or she is at risk is acting "rationally" by the constant carry of a concealed weapon.  The reliance on the individual to make that determination is troubling, because the result of a mistake in that thinking can be fatal to another, perhaps innocent American.  

    A paranoid person or a person undergoing a transient trauma, may believe that they are "thinking and acting" in a "rational" way when they believe any or all or some or one person poses a lethal threat to them - this does not make it objectively "rational", it makes it a subjective belief which may or may not be grounded in fact or in reality.  

    Let's say your hypothetical woman is approached by a man in a dark parking lot and shoots and kills him because she "believes" it was her husband or any man who poses a lethal risk to her based on her husband's threats.  What if that man is you or your son or your father who was simply asking for directions?

    Since 2007 nearly 500 innocent people have been murdered by mistake by persons with conceal carry weapons.  So that's about 100 innocent persons per year (including law enforcement officers).  The persons who killed these 500 innocent people believed that they had a "rational" reason for their conceal carry and made a choice to discharge their weapons at a person who turns out to be innocent of any of those "rational" reasons.  

    Of those conceal carry murderers, only about 15 were deemed legally mentally incompetent.   The rest, I would guess, would fall into your  justified-by-personal circumstance "rational" category however wrong you and they ultimately turned out to be.

    Just because you call it "rational" doesn't make it "rational."  

    Let me be clear, I do support private ownership of guns, I allow hunting on my land by friends and neighbors, and there are guns in my household. However, EV's point about constant conceal carry has yet to be refuted by a reasoned or "rational" argument, as far as I can see.  There is one comment in this diary about a fellow who conceal carries his weapon even in his mother's garden.  Not sure how big the moles are there, but I doubt a concealed handgun is the most "rational" choice for a weapon or for practical garden wear.  

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:04:59 AM PST

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