"a CCW is an infringement on a preexisting right. You would be raising holy hell if you required a permit to speak up against your government. "Sorry, you don't have a STL (speedy trial license) so you'll have to wait 90 days before a judge can listen to your case". "We're sorry Mr. Smith, without a Self Incrimination Permit, you have no 5th amendment protections"
- Robb Allen
With all the talk of training over at SFL's blog (which has now, sadly but predictably, gone *poof*) I thought this would be an appropriate QOTD, even though Robb penned it roughly 7 months ago.
The sad thing about the "discussion" (I have a hard time calling it discussion given SFL & Rob's behavior) is that none of us pro-gun folks actually disagree that training is a good idea, or that carrying a non-drop safe gun sans holster is a bad idea. The disagreement comes when some condescending blowhard trots out every anti-gun talking point in the book and claims that her fellow Americans should not exercise their rights without meeting her nearly unattainable, pie-in-the-sky standard of "adequate training."
Robb is correct. SFL and other anti-gunners would have a fit if every few years they had to provide justification, pay a fee, pass a qualification, pay for and attend a "training class," and then wait months in order to write a blog post, petition their local government, or assert their right to legal counsel. If they were unable to freely, legally exercise those rights without 1st obtaining permits they would scream bloody murder, particularly if they happened to be in a state where everyone is summarily denied permits. (see MD)
I wonder if SFL also thinks that one should have "combat experience" in the courtroom (an impossible standard for a non-trial lawyer) and extensive legal training in order to assert their right to a speedy trial, take the stand in their own defense, or invoke their their right against self-incrimination.
Anti-gunners are almost exclusively unwilling to apply the same standards they wish to inflict upon us and our 2nd Amendment rights to those rights they actually approve of.