The topic of guns poses a dilemma for me. There's the libertarian in me that believes laws that exceed legitimate intent are an abuse of power... but I also believe government can restrict rights for those who are irresponsible, mentally ill, have a criminal record, or just untrained. So where should I stand on guns? I own one. I don't believe that right is unconditional any more than my right to drive a car.
I also hate the idea of an armed society... one the Gun Nuts have spent so much time creating... where their "solution" for the gun violence they have a hand in creating, is more guns. But since we already have that nation we do need to fear any armed lunatic, malcontent, or criminal.
What now? I certainly want to see more controls on guns... controls that make sense. But the Gun Nuts have a point that their world they created is so dangerous, a few more guns in the right hands might help.. at least until gun controls start to take hold.
I certainly don't want any yahoo having a right to a gun at home let alone allowed to concealed carry in public spaces. I need to know those allowed to carry such weapons in public can be trusted with them as much as a cop can... to the extent they can be.
So I might be open to concealed carry IF a person passed an exhaustive background check, had extensive training in firearms safety and use, and were specially trained and licensed as part of some citizen deputy program. What the rules beyond that would be for such a program... who knows.