Concealed carry provides protection. (
Friday, December 9, 2005
I grew up in Wisconsin. I am a University of Wisconsin
alumnus, and many of my friends and family live
in Madison. I am currently a police officer in
As a police officer, I may legally carry a concealed
weapon when I visit my family in Madison. This
is a right that should not only be afforded to
police officers like myself, but all law-abiding
citizens who choose to take on the extra responsibility
to keep their families and their communities safe.
In my professional experience in South Dakota,
a ''shall-issue'' concealed-carry state where
permits are issued to anyone who can pass a background
check, I have never had, nor heard of, any problems
with a person legally carrying a concealed pistol.
However, I do know of several instances where
a legally possessed firearm has saved innocent
lives during the commission of a violent crime.
Concealed-carry permit holders act as first responders,
as do many ordinary citizens who know CPR, first
aid or how to use a fire extinguisher. Their actions
are often the difference between life and death.
The same holds true for concealed-carry permit
As police, we simply cannot be everywhere - nor
would the public want us to be. When most violent
criminal acts, including shootings, robberies,
rampages and rape, are over within minutes, if
not seconds, the response time of police is simply
not fast enough. The training individuals will
receive to obtain a concealed-weapons permit under
the PPA will make them qualified first responders.
Like those certified in first aid, we won't expect
them to perform major surgery. But it will be
adequate for stabilizing a bad situation until
Those who oppose this law will try to claim that
there will be gunfights, people will look for
fights and blood will run in the streets. In my
professional experience, and after significant
research I've completed on concealed-carry laws
in other states, this is simply not true. In fact,
I have not been able to find a single state that
has legalized concealed carry in the last 50 years
and has turned around and re-criminalized it.
In fact, I have found concealed-carry permit holders
in most states are far less likely to be involved
in criminal activity than other citizens.
I do not believe I deserve special rights because
I am a law enforcement officer. I am, and will
always be, a citizen first. I believe there are
many good members of our communities who are willing
to take on extra responsibilities to keep their
communities safe and to serve as first responders
to stabilize dangerous situations. If they want
to step up and be prepared to do their part if
it is ever needed, as a police officer, I am thankful
for their help.
Adrian Alan is a University of Wisconsin alumnus
and municipal patrol officer in South Dakota.