The fascination with restricting where law-abiding citizens can carry to defend themselves has always intrigued me. When you are writing legislation saying that citizens have to go through a stringent background check, training and/or classes, who are the people thinking that the people that would go through this process are dangerous at all? The statistics bear out that you would most definitely rather have a person with a permit to carry around you than almost anyone else. Here are some numbers from Texas.
For all of the offenses listed, license holders represent 0.1541% of the population of criminal offenders (101 out of 65,561). That's pretty incredibly low, right? Except it is skewed by exactly what I'm talking about right now. There are places that lincense holders are not supposed to carry and do either by choice or accident. The Federal ones are pretty standard (post offices and secure areas in airports) and Texas has laws that restrict carry in bars and amusement parks and allow hospitals and churches to post signs that make carry a felony. The unlawful carry numbers amount to 15 of these convictions. If those were eliminated, the rate is 0.1312% (86 out of 65,546) of crimes in Texas that exclude lawful carry are committed by license holders. That's pretty incredible. So, with that bit of information...
Why would you need to carry in a hospital? That should be a safe place, but isn't.
Why would you need to carry in a restaurant/bar? I'm not even going to say that should be safe. We all know it isn't. If nothing else, walking to and from the establishment can make you feel like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
Here is my favorite one: Why would you need to carry in church? It should be safe, but isn't.
This last one I hear pretty often. It is mostly the people that go to church that think this way. What is it about the doors of your place of worship that make you think it is a completely safe place? Is it the historical idea that a place of worship could be used as a place of shelter and safety? I understand wishing that were the case, but I've never been the kind of person to think that every nutjob will respect that ideal. In addition, there have always been, but especially now are people that are specifically targeting your religion with violence.
Criminals can strike everywhere. Don't think they don't know the law, too. It is their trade and they know they are breaking it. In turn, they know you will obey it. Gun-free zones are their playground. After all, they make a career of breaking the law. Don't let anyone convince you that a government regulated gun-free zone is ok. At least if a private property owner posts a sign, you can vote with your wallet.