I wrote at the end of 2013 that we should expect more public shootings. I don’t have the data in front of me, but the pace does seem to be accelerating.
My opinion on whether private citizens should be able to carry guns in public is data-based. If it helps society, we should allow it. If it harms society, we shouldn’t. I wrote about that here.
Well, I think the trend of more frequent random public violence is going to dramatically increase the pressure in favor of legal public carry laws. I believe that because after reading about yet another shooting, this time in Vegas, I imagined myself in a public place not being able to defend myself or others.
It’s a bad feeling.
Normally, if these events are unbelievably rare, it doesn’t feel logical to demand that I be able to carry so that I can defend myself. And I think it’s ok for states to say, “No, we’ll do the protecting, thank you.”
But that stops being acceptable once it becomes obvious that they can’t protect us.
I expect to see, in 2015, a significant number of states voting on laws allowing more permissive concealed carry laws for law-abiding citizens. I think the public will demand it.