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.... calling 911 will get the cops to you in a few minutes.

Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State's Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

In other words a jackass decided he was going to start shooting people, although a motive for him doing so has yet to be disclosed.

Instead of calling 911 and hoping he was a terrible shot and couldn't actually hurt anyone this citizen drew and fired his own weapon in defense of others.  He was both more effective and probably more accurate than the cops would have been; he hit nobody but the assailant and terminated the assault, unlike cops who often shoot innocent bystanders by mistake.

More to the point he was able to stop the assault immediately, simply because he was there.

This, in short, is why everyone should be armed, all the time, openly or concealed and no damned permit should be required.

In fact the 2nd Amendment guarantees your right to retain this option at all times and it is critical that we, the people demand the government respect and uphold, rather than infringe, that right.

This is simply about the fact that police cannot be everywhere all the time and when an urgent need arises to stop someone committing a lethal assault such as occurred here you do not have the luxury of waiting for law enforcement to arrive.

You, the citizen who happens to be there (and who might even be the assailant's intended victim!) are the first responder whether you like it or not.

Your only available choice is to either be an effective first responder or a victim.

Choose wisely and demand that your government respect that choice.

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From Fox:

Austin –  Texas is poised to become the largest state in the U.S. to allow citizens to openly carry handguns, a change long sought by gun-rights activists.

The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. A similar open-carry measure passed the Texas Senate last month; the two open-carry bills must be squared before being sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has indicated support for the idea.

What part of shall not be infringed didn't you understand, Texas?

Requiring a permit, which Texas will, is an infringement.

Florida has the "duh" distinction of not only barring open carry but also requiring a permit for concealed carry of firearms.  This is flatly unconstitutional and the governments of these states know it.  Got a firearm in your car (legal in Florida without a permit) but need to transport it into your apartment building (because you don't want it stolen overnight)?  If anyone sees it while you are doing so you could be arrested for unlawfully carrying it openly since the apartment complex parking lot is not your private land.  (Yes, this really has happened in Florida.)

If you expect people to obey the law then the state must honor the law as well in all respects, including this one.

Otherwise what we've really got is a band of armed thugs with magical costumes that are obeyed not out of respect but rather simply because they have more firepower than you do right now.

The implication of this is that as a group "law enforcement" is really no different than Greedo, a position buttressed by apparent "Quotas" (which are unlawful, incidentally), never mind what facially appears to be a "pay to play" system in many departments with so-called "reserve officers."

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