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On the Turtleboy Tuesday show today Uncle Turtleboy and Cruisin Bruce were talking a lot about the terrorist attack in Orlando. Inevitably the topic of guns game up, particularly concealed carry. Last week a federal court in California ruled that Americans don’t have a right to carry concealed weapon with them. Turtleboy doesn’t agree with that, and more importantly it’s impossible to enforce. If you’re carrying a concealed weapon then no one will know unless that person uses the gun in self defense. They gonna get in trouble for that? Because that would be insane.
But the Orlando shooting, and this recent court decision has brought out a lot of Annie Oakes of the world who wanna let us know how bad ass they are:
Bull. Shit. I love how the people who say stuff like this have never been in this situation before. I’ve had a gun pulled on me once in my life. I was coming out of the ATM in the Honey Farms parking lot on Park Ave (across the street from Kay’s Barbershop). Literally shit my pants. Would not have mattered if I was armed with a gun because I froze. My life flashed before my eyes and all I could think about was living. And the best way to make sure I stayed alive was to do whatever it took for him not to pull that trigger. He wanted money, so I gave him what I had without thinking twice about it.
In hindsight it would’ve been cool to take out my concealed glock and bust a cap in his ass, but the reality is that this is not how human physiology works. The video we’re about to show you is propaganda. It’s biased and is clearly geared towards making you see the weaknesses of concealed carry. But it’s interesting nonetheless:
Alright, so the problem is that the subject with the concealed weapon was specifically targeted by the shooters. In real life, in a room with 30 other people, there would be a much smaller chance that this particular person would be targetted. But the science is interesting and proves my point about when I had a gun pulled on me. When you’re in a high pressure situation like that your heart pounds four times as fast as normal. As a result your hands get less blood flow so your ability to react is severely delayed. I can tell you from experience this is EXACTLY what happens if you are not regularly training for situations like this. Your body goes numb.
That’s why police and military train for situations like this. If you have a gun, I feel like it’s your duty to be constantly taking target practice AND practice shooting in simulated, high pressure situations. Otherwise you’re a liability during a shooting, not an asset. What if your body is so tense that you start shooting, miss a bunch of times, and start hitting civilians? Not good.
The Orlando nightclub situation is also very different from the scene depicted in the video. There were people hiding in there who would have had plenty of time to unholster their weapon and ready themselves as the gunman approached. So yea, someone with a concealed weapon in that night club definitely COULD have stopped this guy, but it’s not some sort of guarantee that Annie Oakes makes it out to be.
So yea, I have no problem with concealed carry, especially considering the world we’re living in. But all these Rambos out there need to calm down and stop letting us know how they’re gonna save us all in the grocery store. The fact of the matter is that when you reach for your concealed weapon you instantly make yourself a targetin a situation like that, so you better be able to draw fast and shoot quickly while your body is inhibited. Personally, I’m running. But that’s just me. I’m not a hero like Cristen Giles. I’m just a guy who wants to make it home to see Turtleboy Jr.
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