To say that EVERYONE would be "packing heat" on the VT campus had that bill been approved is ridiculous. Only those who were approved by the sheriff to be a sound citizen would be legal to carry a gun. Of the people I have met who have CCW, they merely carry it as self-defense; when every other option is gone, that is their LAST route of escape. They are taught not to be aggressive, not to look for a fight and to diffuse the situation before is escalates into violence involving a firearm. I think that 30+ lives would have been saved if VT had a CCW (or LTC) policy in effect.
thats true. carrying a firearms actualy makes most people more cautious. they can not engage in any activity where the firearm could be taken from them or used against them. they cant be involved in a situation that possesion of the firearm could make a misdemeanor into a felony. and have to avoid situations that are generaly dangerous that they may be killed with thier own gun.
no fist fights, no shoving matches, no agressive words with people in say a road accident etc. having a gun and beign part of one of these is not only serious legal trouble, but also a very dangerous mix of deadly weapons and avoidable altercations.
as a side note. it sounds like MO is a May Issue state ( like MA) in that a chief LEO ( law enforcement officer) gets issuing discretion. some states are "shall issue" where so long as you are mentaly sound, and have no past record the state is legaly obligated to give you a license. and two states. AK and VT have no state level licenseing at all. ( god bless them) of course federal level laws and background check are still required to purchase a gun, but no license is required to own or cary