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quote of the day – fillyerhands

Last week, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff Chuck White made the news by saying,

Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, "Our form of justice is not making it."

He said, "Carry a concealed weapon. That’ll fix it."

… and continued by repeatedly exhorting people to get concealed carry permits and lawfully carry firearms for their own personal self-defense.

In a perfect world, any one of those exhortations would serve as the quote of the day for today, and maybe I should overlook what came next, but then Sheriff White went on to say:

At one point, Wright held up a fanny pack and said, "They make this right here where you can conceal a small pistol in them. They got one called The Judge that shoots a .45 or a .410 shell. You ain’t got to be accurate; you just have to get close."

On the one hand, the underlying assumption of "closer is better" for handguns is correct – if your attacker is within arm’s reach of you, "accuracy" is something of an irrelevant concept. On the other hand, "you ain’t got to be accurate" is about as wrong as a sentence can possibly be, and serves as absolutely horrid advice from a public servant.

Unlike the Sheriff, you, as a private citizen, are individually and wholly responsible for every single round to come out of your firearm, whether that round hits dirt, hits your rapist, or hits little Suzie walking her dog down the street, and if you were to hit little Suzie, you can pretty much be guaranteed that you will either be up on charges or face a civil suit or both. For most handguns, you only have to worry about the one round at a time, but for the Judge with shotgun rounds, you have anywhere between "3" and "many" rounds, any of which could injure or potentially kill someone, flying out in a pattern I would not exactly consider consistent. So, yes, you do only have to be "close" to hit your attacker… and whatever is behind him.

As FillYerHands says, and this is the quote of the day:

Sheriff Wright needs to be sure women in Spartanburg, and all gun owners for that matter, understand that carrying a gun brings with it a responsibility to practice. Now, South Carolina’s concealed carry permit program does require training and a proficiency exam, but shooting is a perishable skill, and we all owe it to ourselves to stay up with our skills.

Contrary to the myths of anti-rights cultists, a firearm is not a magical talisman, and it is not an autonomous shield; hell, even simply displaying a firearm and pointing it at your aggressor may not sufficiently "discourage" a wholly dedicated or chemically intoxicated individual. For your own safety, both during the situation where you are defending your life and afterwards, and for the safety of those around you, you must be capable of accurately and effectively engaging your targets, and it is wholly incumbent upon you to ensure that your hardware and wetware are up to the task.

In the end, if your idea of "accuracy" is "getting it close", I would much rather, for everyone’s sake, that you simply left your firearm at home.

10 comments to quote of the day – fillyerhands

  • Pyrotek85

    Yeah I cringed a bit about that part. It’s not even like learning to aim for 10 yards or less is hard.

  • And not only not-hard, it is bloody well your responsibility should you ever decide to carry a firearm. Warning shots are for the movies, and should stay there.

  • Justin

    I think the guy’s intent is right though. He’s encouraging women to take their own defense into their own hands. If the number of women in Spartanburg carrying a weapon doubled, the rape statistics would definitely drop. Yes, he should choose his words better next time, but this guy’s definitely on our side.

  • Ace

    I’m agreeing with Justin. White has the right intent.

    And yeah, the bit about not needing to be accurate is bad advice. But my hope is that those women who decide to carry concealed and go and get the training will be taught how important accuracy is.

  • @ Justin: I am certainly not trying to say the guy’s heart was not in the right place – it was – but he is giving out advice that can get people killed and other people in prison for the rest of their lives. Those women he is advising do not have the privilege of the “qualified immunity” he enjoys in the performance of his duties, and their lives could very well be over, literally or figuratively, thanks to an errant round.

    @ Ace: But that is the thing – we should not be relying on hope, we should be exhorting people to get the training they need and should have, not blithely telling them that “close enough is good enough”.

  • Colt carry

    The sheriff’s words have other weight as well. Telling women to arm themselves is one thing. He is also firing at the courts for not doing their jobs at continually protecting their citizens is another, the judges and juries need to wake up and take notice!
    The last is his plead for citizens to arm themselves (women) is also making the potential rapist, or other, to stop and think. Is this person armed? This new possibility that the intended victim may have taken heed to the sheriff’s call to arm yourself can be, and should be, a powerful deterrent as well.
    After all, isn’t the concealed part supposed to be a deterrent in of itself? His very public call to arm yourself to that end may help support that deterrent!

  • Like I said, I am definitely not trying to question the Sheriff’s overarching thrust – to get people armed and defending themselves – and I likewise concer with his castigation of the “justice” system we have in America (which is more adequately described as a “legal” system, if even that), I just had some issues with his blithe glossing-over of the dangers of wantonly spraying bullets downrange.

    As for the deterrence value of concealed carry, on a whole, that is true, but Robb Allen had a few interesting things to say in regards to “on a personal level” (that, of course, I cannot find at the moment).

  • Colt carry

    What I had meant in my reply was that his call for women to arm themselves should support to deter an attacker. Hoping the potential attacker had heard his (the sheriff) plea to arms would cause the attacker to have second thoughts, whether the individual was armed or not, to wonder if the choice of his victim may just be armed.

    In other words, he (the sheriff) is publicly telling the creeps out there that it is now open season on them.

    That is what I meant by an added deterrent.

  • I sincerely hope that is the case – criminals should be afraid to ply their trade in public, rather than we living in fear of criminals who would dare prey upon us.

    I still wish he had phrased it a little better.

  • Colt carry

    Linoge wrote:

    I still wish he had phrased it a little better.

    I do agree!



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