Tragic multiple victim shootings like the one yesterday in Seal Beach, now the worst in Orange County history, are not stopped by police. If they are stopped at all, they are stopped by armed private citizens.
Were Hutchens not so restrictive in issuing concealed carry permits, would there have been someone nearby carrying a pistol? Possibly, though with the extreme heat we had yesterday, that person would likely be wearing a Hawaiian shirt, or carrying openly.
Many businesses have a gun on site for protection. No permit is needed for business owners to protect themselves in this way. There is a high probability that nearby shopkeepers would have been able to bring guns to this “fight” in time to save at least a life or two. Able yes, but would they?
Having the gun is not the same as having the will to use it, especially in third party rescue. That requires training, practice, advance visualization and reflection, and perhaps a little estate planning to remove deadly hesitation over concern you may leave your own family without a provider.
Before Hutchens took office, concealed carry classes were full, frequent, and there was great and widespread enthusiasm about firearms training. Since she recalled/revoked most of the existing permits, training has been in sharp decline locally, despite a continued upward trend in the rest of the country.
Firearms skills are perishable. Americans will again be a people trained to bearing arms, only if the Second Amendment is made personally relevant to them. Hunting is history, so the only way back to this training ethic is for the 21st century American to regain the right to carry a handgun regularly and in public.
Sheriff Hutchens has blood on her hands for destroying the training ethic in Orange County.