Boy you echo my thoughts exactly. I also have mixed feelings on this. I RSO at my local club and see so many idiots with guns. My very first carry class was a guy who would interrupt the instructor with questions like "so if the guy does this, I can shoot him, right?"The problem is, somewhere between 1960 and today, a good portion of folks, 3 generations, have lost the basic common sense gene, respect for others, respect for the rule of law, and live their lives on pure emotional impulse and immediate self gratification. The lack of a moral compass in a large part of the population gives one pause.
... and saving too many people from Darvwin awards....I did leave out perhaps the most important thing with respect to the moral decay and rapid decline of the country.
It’s a job not a hobby, and many “parents” beginning in the late 60’s decided it was someone else’s job/problem. Liberalism has morphed from “free love” to 2+2can equal whatever you want it to be, to it’s ok if Johnny wants to become a girl at age 5, to math is racist.
Our societal decay is due in large part to the people now in power in our government, who were or are, those parents.
Remember the 4 tenets of liberal “progressive” Democrats, they are coming back to bite us in the ass.
1- Hypocrisy and lying are a way of life
2- No personal responsibility - its always someone else's fault
3- No accountability /consequences for their words or actions
4- Gimmee more free shit
Very, very well put sir. I watched the decline of of civilization in the lobby of my previous movie theatre.As an Instructor (very much part time now) and big proponent of 2A all my life, I’ve always had mixed feelings about license-less carry. (And it has nothing to do with money in my pocket, if you want to make a profit in business, Firearm Instruction may well be one of the dumbest businesses to get into)
On one hand, I’ve seen too many students who have “been around guns and owned one all my life, not gonna learn much but I need the cert for my CWL”, who once on the range are downright scary and incompetent with a firearm. Gun safety is my main concern.
Secondly is the false sense of security of having it but not understanding or being trained how to use it.
“Owning a piano doesn’t make one a pianist”
On the other hand, I completely agree with the Constitutional right to own a firearm to defend ones self, and I don’t see anything in that document saying I need to get permission to do so.
The problem is, somewhere between 1960 and today, a good portion of folks, 3 generations, have lost the basic common sense gene, respect for others, respect for the rule of law, and live their lives on pure emotional impulse and immediate self gratification. The lack of a moral compass in a large part of the population gives one pause.
Couple this with a now completely corrupt and decaying government and education system which no longer provides leadership on values, ethics, morals or right vs wrong, and, well you get my point.
Still, if forced to decide, I’ll come down on the side of the Constitution. But you can be sure I’ll be watching hips and hands even closer than I do now.
This is the biggest reason I hear for getting cameras in business. To be able to pin the troublemakers down and prove it to all the lyres that say they were never there!Very, very well put sir. I watched the decline of of civilization in the lobby of my previous movie theatre.
We had the typical velvet ropes on portable (heavy 35lb) poles for crowd control at the concession stand.
When I started in 1984, parents in line with their rugrats....er kids. The velvet ropes were a magnet for the kids to want to play with while standing in line.
1984-Parents would tell the kid to stop hanging on the ropes. If a kid pulled a post over while hanging on the rope, most parents would reprimand the kid, pick up the rope and post and put it back as it belonged.
1988-Kids now very rarely being told the leave rope alone by parents, Me and the employees' repeated the mantra 100's of times a day. Went over the parents heads.
If a a pole was pulled over by a kid, only about 50% of parents would pick it up and put it back.
1994-Now when a pole gets pulled over by a kid, kid starts crying, 30-40 people standing in line, not one would look see who's kid it was, let alone check to see if he was ok and put the ropes back. Also, about this time, I had lots of problems with Teenagers causing problems during a movie. I at first made the mistake of calling the kids parents to come get him, problem being, once the parent arrived, you found out really quick why the kid acted like he did. Parents didn't care about what the kid did to get kicked out, they'd get mad at me because I wouldn't refund their ticket price. Not once was did I get an apology from the parent or the kid.
1995-No holds barred, I now call the police, and not the parents. I've witnessed parents stand nose to nose with a police officer and argue with him about the kid not doing anything wrong.
1996-97, I now pay an off duty police officer to stand guard on nights I have a movie that appeals to that age group.
About this time, I have lobby full of folks, I hear a loud crash coming from the mens room, 3 teenage boys come running out and disappear into the crowd before I can react. I go in the bathroom, and a toilet was smashed to smithereens.
Long story short, I called the police, they arrived quickly. I was able to pick them out of the crowd, with the help of a few patrons. The 3 were wrestling, was their story, and one of them fell on the toilet. All 3 underage, and had been drinking. Found open container in the car they were in. Kids hauled to the county sheriffs office. 4hrs later, the father of the one that busted the toilet, was at the door knocking. I had told the police officer that as long as the parents paid for the replacement of the toilet, I wouldn't press charges. Dad was their wanting to pay me then. It was a sat night, I told him sorry, I have to call a plumber to get a price quote on Monday, and would let him know. He insisted he pay me then. But no, I wanted him to suffer for those two days before his kid was let off the hook. Kid was in the car out in the parking lot during this time, no apologies from him or the dad. I always did my own repair work, but this time I wanted it to cost as much as possible for the repair, thus the plumber. Of course dad didn't know that. Ok, off the soap box.
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