Tayllen wrote:Rule of thumb should be - If you consume ANY alcohol, the answer is NO. It's is your responsibility to have a clear head. It's easy. Alcohol and firearms DO NOT MIX.
Remember as a CHL holder, we are held to a higher standard and must maintain it at all times.
If this is your own, personal "rule of thumb" then fine. But I take exception to the imposition of someone else's subjective standards upon myself. If I choose to have a beer, that's my business. If I'm armed while I do it, that's also my business.
As I type this, I'm sitting on my back deck. Armed. With a beer (and an evil cigar, at that). If that terrifies someone, then I invite them to stay in their safe space and not visit me.
If I'm in a Class D facility while armed, I will not consume alchohol because that's what the law currently says. Not because I agree that the law is correct or even sensical but simply because I am a law abiding citizen and that's what the law says.
The black and white proposition that "alcohol and firearms DO NOT mix" may work for others, but I find it ludicrous to presuppose that the consumption of alcohol revokes my right to self-defense. Yes, I'm aware that others here (perhaps many others) disagree. But then, we also disagree as to whether or not one should hang out in the left lane, so...meh.