Here's an interesting fact:
I would estimate that 90 percent of the female people who I have taught to shoot, who then went on to get concealed carry licenses in this state, ignore the CTA Unarmed Victim Predation Zone carry prohibition if they take public transportation. Fortunately, it also appears that the fact that they are carrying also makes them much more situationally aware, self-reported by them to me.
I think that is a viable form of civil disobedience, because female and other protected class sorts who carry firearms have, in light of incidents such as this one, a very compelling reason to ignore the idiotic prohibition-caused threats to their safety by doing so.
As I may have mentioned to students -
Many choices you make are an analysis of risk and benefit. Donuts are yummy, but fattening. Gas/food is easy to get where I am, but cheaper across town, if I have enough to get there. Do I go to the show with my friends, and risk running late to work in the morning? Do I apply for that dream job in another town, even though my family is here?
In the arena of self defense, some risks are physical, some are legal.
Starting with deciding to get trained to use a firearm, then to use it in self-defense (potentially taking a life), then to carry a firearm.
Then where you go to get training, what kind of firearm you purchase, what kind of holster, and where you carry it.
On a daily basis - will you carry today? Will you venture into that area, will you avoid that group of people or person? Will you choose to risk being caught disobeying the law?
If you face a threat, is it one of death or great bodily harm? Is the threat armed? Alone? Can you use presence and the implied threat of defensive force to counter the threat? Will presenting the firearm without using it (but being prepared to) work? Is the area behind your threat clear of innocents?
The threat is still active - do I use deadly force?
Almost every choice we make regarding this topic is potentially one of life and death, and one that the student will ultimately have to answer for.
I cannot knowingly advise my students to violate the law, either as an instructor or as a law enforcement officer. What I can suggest is that they use their knowledge, skills, training and experience to weigh their options, consider risks and benefits and make the decision they need to at that moment.
Edited by Tango7, 12 July 2019 - 08:48 PM.