Monday, November 19, 2007

It begins

The envelope to DPS went into the metered mail bin at the UPS store a little over 45 minutes ago.
Let's see how soon before I can post an update to this thread.


Robocop said...

I hope that your wait is short. Good luck!

Hyunchback said...

According to the consencus in "The Waiting Room" section of the Texas CHL forum I and the others who have submitted shouldn't anticipate anything happening until the end of January.

I started taking courses for this in Colorado so I can wait. I don't want to, but I will.

I had a pretty level-headed instructor. He's been a part of the concealed carry movement since the 80's when it was more a dream than reality. He's not gung-ho "go shoot them scum!" He was not "don't even DREAM of pulling your gun, you'll regret it!" He was "You pays your money, you takes your chances. Here's how to take the chances smarter."

He hasn't used his concealed carry for any real action but he's not ignorant of the elephant, either. He was a ground pounder in Vietnam.

Fits said...

Things get simple once the understanding that a gun is the last resort sinks in. Reasonable men don't have to seek a degree in rocket science in order to employ deadly force but a great many "experts" make it seem so. Never in anger, always for defense. All bets are off of course if the Chinese invade.

Hyunchback said...

One study the supposed "professionals" at America's universities don't perform is how someone reacts when given a short course on personal liability reacts when armed vs. how someone with no training and no gun reacts to the same provoking stimuli.

A fender bender where people disagree over "fault" can become a slug-fest. The person willing to go through the hoops to carry concealed legally is more likely to seek a de-escalation of the situation before physical conflict than a person with no training and no firearm.

As the Hockey Dad in Massachusetts found out not having a weapon doesn't mean someone won't die from an altercation.

Universities don't want to be in the position of proving that "an armed society is a polite society".

Anonymous said...

Good luck, the wait stinks, doesn't it? (different state, similar rqmts) I also had some folks in my class that I thought did NOT belong there.

I was the most nerved up about the shooting test, I'm not sure why.

Hyunchback said...

I can relate to that.

I was most worried about it since my schedule didn't allow me to get in any range time. Working nights means outdoor ranges aren't open on your day off. I miss having an indoor range available to me 24 hours a day.

I probably shouldn't have worried. 250 out of 250 is good enough to pass.

Fits said...

Tick tick tick tick tick

Hyunchback said...

"Processing Application" -

From the website for CHL.

At least it isn't reflecting any problems.


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