So Safety Guarantee
The mass murder and mayhem in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has once again brought out the “If-only-we-all-had-pistols-in-our-pockets-none-of-this-would-have-happened” crowd. It is certainly not that simple.
Consider the reality. First, the murderer had the drop on everybody in that theater. Even trained, experienced police officers and soldiers think twice about how to engage the enemy in that circumstance.
They think about dealing with the issue from cover and with as much information as is quickly available. They consider the possibility of collateral damage.
But let me assume for the moment that, per the pro-gun doctrine, every adult in that theater was carrying a gun.
How many of them have ever faced fire from semiautomatic weapons? How many of them have ever fired at a moving human? How many of them have ever put eight out of 10 rounds in a 2-foot “kill square” at 25 feet in a darkened range with flash-bangs going off?
How many of them would have thought or hoped that simply by firing at the ceiling from behind their adjustable theater seat they would scare the murderer into dropping his weapon[s]?
In fact, how many of them would have kept the piece in their pocket in a state of shock, never to mention they were in fact armed but impotent?
As dispiriting as it may be to admit, the existence of a Second Amendment right to bear arms in order to constitute a well-regulated militia does not necessarily result in a group of citizens, or a single citizen, capable of using deadly force effectively without a great deal of training, little or none of which is demanded prior to issuance of a carry permit.
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