I love autumn. Spring is nice, but it reminds me of Sunday afternoon: It's very pleasant, but you know next up is Monday morning. Yuck! But autumn, autumn is like Friday afternoon. You know the full weekend lies ahead. :)
* We even named one of our companies "Autumn Investments". Now that's hard core right there!
Lets talk guns: I'm baffled by all the paranoia about licensed concealed firearms. The big push for concealed carry in my state (Texas) came after a mass shooting in a Luby's cafeteria in Kileen, TX in 1991. A deranged man crashed his truck into the cafeteria during lunchtime, then walked table to table, shooting 50 people, killing 23. It was pointed out that just one properly trained and armed person might have been able to neutralize the shooter and save many of those victims.
The public's knee-jerk reaction to concealed carry was there would be "blood in the streets". As we now know, that did NOT prove to be the case. The behavior of concealed handgun license holders (CHL) has been statistically MUCH better than the population as a whole.
And I really don't understand why businesses would post signs on their doors saying they prohibit CHL holders from bringing their firearms inside. By doing so they are specifically taking responsibility for the safety of their patrons. Deny a CHL holder the ability to protect himself, he's yours.
A CHL holder has undergone extensive classroom training as well as gun safety and must pass a live shooting test. He has submitted him/herself to being fingerprinted and photographed, and he has undergone a lengthy (roughly 4-6 week) background check.
Think about it....if you are a business owner, who would you want standing across the counter from you? That properly trained and vetted CHL holder, or some guy off the street you know absolutely nothing about?
IMO, we need to quit wasting our time and energy trying to keep guns away from us all. They're here now, and they aren't going away. I would like to see enough citizens properly licensed to carry that bad guys would have to think twice about who to rob, mug, or rape.
We need to support those who are willing to undergo the scrutiny and training, and concentrate on identifying and getting help to those among us who are mentally ill. And slamming those who are walking around illegally armed. They are the real problem.