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COMMENTARY: I'm Thinking About Writing More About Conceal Carry, But I Need Your Help

Because I'm not a gun owner, I thought I'd throw out a few questions to those of you who are.

I'll be writing stories over the next few weeks about the new conceal carry law, how it works, and what people need to know. I've already done a few , but it was clear to me that I needed to wait a little bit until the Wisconsin Department of Justice started writing their policies for the law.

So as I started to think about this story line I realized that I have a slight problem. I am not a gun owner so I thought I'd throw out a few questions to those of you that do own guns. Here's what I need to know.

  1. Do you plan to conceal carry?
  2. What questions or concerns do you have about conceal carry?
  3. How well do you know the law?

If you are a business owner, I want to know:

  1. Do you plan to conceal carry?
  2. Will you let your patrons conceal carry?
  3. What questions or concerns do you have about conceal carry?

Also, just an FYI, I might use some of your comments in a future story.

jeff jandl October 10, 2011 at 12:17 PM
1. yes 2. none 3. very well 1. yes 2. yes 3. none
Dave Schneider October 11, 2011 at 12:47 AM
daschnei 1. yes 2. managing going places with and without restrictions-better plan my day/route well 3. pretty well
GearHead October 13, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Denise, If you are a law-abiding citizen, consider purchasing a side arm and putting yourself through training and orientation. Expect to find a lot of women in that class who will carry for personal protection. Then you can write from the first person perspective, without worrying about our concerns. Our concerns, btw, have always been about creeps who prey on the defenseless law-abiding, and hysterical anti-second amendment zealots who through their own ingnorance and agenda continue to paint the picture we are living in the wild west. 49 states can't be wrong. So jump in, Denise. The water is just fine. Safe shooting! Beats needlework.
Denise Lockwood October 16, 2011 at 06:49 PM
lol... GearHead... my fiance likes you. He's been bugging me for years to have one. I told him, I don't mind if he gets one, but I'd prefer it not to be in the house (he has a lot of family that live nearby). He basically wants a side arm to take with him when he goes bow hunting because there are a lot of bears where he goes and one year he had one hanging around for quite some time before it left. But for me, I dunno... it's a lot of responsibility I'm not sure I want to take on. My dad always kept a shotgun by the door (that's what you do when you have three girls I guess). I've shot a 9 mm a time or two, but really I'm not sure I need one. Even with reading 12 years worth of police reports I've been vigilant about watching what's going on around me, but I don't really feel like I'm in situations where I've felt threatened. LOL.. but then again those village board meetings do get pretty rowdy. With that said, I don't have any problems with people wanting to carry. I wouldn't mind borrowing someone's gun and learning how to shoot. I think it would be fun, but just can't see myself owning one.
GearHead October 19, 2011 at 01:44 PM
I'm guessing the first two responders were curt with their replies because they question your motives. Too often we see hatchet jobs by ill-informed journalists, and we don't want to contribute to such. It's a self-preservation thing. The decision to carry or not is a HIGHLY personal one, and one that folks don't usually advertise. But for many it came down to that creepy-awful feeling they once got in the pit of their stomach from being in a situation that was dangerous (if only in their own mind) and realizing the only thing they knew about karate was what they've seen in the movies. While the first rule of being safe is "don't look for trouble" sometimes it happens. While you might not feel the need to own such a weapon, putting yourself through a course and a little more range time by a certified instructor will give you a little more authority to write about a highly compelling subject. The story lines are endless. Spend some time at Shooters and watch professionalism in action. Seek out the opinon of law-enforcement types - plenty of them hang out there. Look to shop keepers and anyone who has a route that puts them in harms way. Not to mention inner city home owners and others who live in harms way. You will be a better person for it, and realize none of us takes this sober responcibility lightly. After all, it's your right.

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