Thursday, April 9, 2009

Average Joe Audio Blog -- Concealed Weapons

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Thursday, April 09, 2009 4:49 PM

Posted: 09 Apr 2009 09:49 AM PDT

This afternoon, at the Walmart store across the street from my work, there was a shooting. An undercover IMPD officer was investigating three men suspected of drug trafficking when one of the men opened fire. The officer shot and killed him. The other two were arrested.

I've heard reports that after the incident, the men were found with narcotics in their possession, as well as additional weapons. The entire parking lost was roped off, as several dozen IMPD cars, including one SWAT van, responded to the incident.

I mention the incident for two reasons. First, I'm sure the families of both the suspect and the IMPD officer who shot him could use your prayers this evening. Second, I had a conversation with a Manager who works for me about concealed weapons. He claims to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. My argument was that concealed weapons are hardly necessary, and that any time you have three people in a car each with a concealed weapon, it isn't likely to be a good thing.

I am all for the right to bear arms. I am a patriotic American and U.S. Army veteran, and I understand and value our freedom to bear arms and understand that our country is only in existence because of that freedom to bear arms. However, I do not believe that concealed weapons are necessary. I have never had to wield a weapon in self-defense (Thank God), and I can hardly imagine feeling so insecure that I would need to carry a concealed weapon in public for defensive purposes. If a concealed weapon is necessary for defense, then I must be doing something wrong to begin with.

I'd love to hear your take. You can submit voicemail by calling 317-644-6129, respond by email to, or on Twitter @AverageJoe. Your comments may be used on the site or in a future episode of The Joe Show.

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