posted on Dec, 27 2012 @ 08:08 AM
Do Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shooters? Actually, No.
I found this article on the web on motherjones.com. Although the website swings quite left, I still thought it was an interesting read. The topic is
obviously popular right now during these times so I thought the subject matter was relevant. I wholly support the 2nd amendment, the right to keep
and bear arms.
While I do not necessarily believe that every man, woman, and child should be armed, I do support the idea that our schools should
have professional police officers available to them during school hours, whether it is an officer, a trooper, or a deputy. Many school districts have
already been doing this successfully for years now, however, during times of financial crisis, these programs are often the first to be cut. They are
sometimes referred to as Resource Officers, or Liason Officers.
I'll spare you all the left mumbo-jumbo from the introduction and skip to the cases...
Appalachian School of Law shooting in Grundy, Virginia
Gun rights die-hards frequently credit the end of a rampage at the law school in 2002 to armed "students" who intervened. They conveniently ignore
that those students also happened to be current and former law enforcement officers, and that the killer, according to police investigators, was out
of ammunition by the time they got to him.
There are five cases like this in the web article...
And what about cases in which citizens try to use their guns and things go wrong?
Shopping mall shooting in Tacoma, Washington
As a rampage unfolded in 2005, a civilian with a concealed-carry permit named Brendan McKown confronted the assailant with his handgun. The shooter
pumped several bullets into McKown, wounding six people before eventually surrendering to police after a hostage standoff. A comatose McKown
eventually recovered after weeks in the hospital.
As anyone who is familar with basic statistics, and how to arrive at them, I don't believe this article accurately depicts the whole of the situation.
Similar to statistics, the variables arrive at the conclusion at the behest of the author. These are just snap-shot cases, of course, and only number
in the single digits. I'll continue to carry my Glock everywhere I go, hoping and praying to never ever feel the need to utilize it against another
human being. But should the time ever arrive when I need to take arms against another person in defense of myself, my family, or my friends, I'm
confident it will be a life-altering event. So, while I do not support the claims or findings of this article, I do think it's important to view
things from the opposing side from time to time, but then quickly run back to your side of things as fast as you can!
Do Armed Civilians...
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