Rick Santorum on Safety in Guns

The first couple minutes here are one of the best short presentations I’ve seen of why the push for gun-control is perhaps well-meaning, but unwise and counterproductive.

From Raw Story:

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday asserted that Americans were safer with more guns everywhere — including airports and at home.

Last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed signed the so-called “guns everywhere” law, allowing firearms to be carried in schools, bars, churches and government buildings.

CBS host Bob Schieffer asked Santorum on Sunday if the law was a “good idea.”

“I said this at the NRA, I think a well-armed family is a safe family,” Santorum declared. “I think a well-armed America is a safer America. I think if you look at anything from all of these attacks that have taken place is that if people had actually had weapons there, those attacks would have been thwarted and people’s lives would have been saved.”

“In fact, there are millions of lives that are saved in American every year — or millions of instances like that where gun owners have prevented crimes and stopped things from happening because of having guns at the scene.”

Schieffer wondered if Santorum would support law-abiding gun owner bringing military assault-style rifles into airports.

The former Pennsylvania senator argued that law-abiding gun owners would want to bring a concealed handgun into an airport instead of an AK-47.

“I don’t think this is going to encourage some bad guy to cause harm in an airport, but it’s going to create an opportunity that if something bad does happen at an airport, that maybe someone will be there to be able to stop it,” Santorum opined.

If you want to protect the innocent, then make sure the “good guys” are freely able to be anywhere and everywhere with the ability to stop or impede “bad guys.”

Bad guys will be bad guys—laws don’t stop them. Enabling good guys to carry guns is not going to turn them into bad guys, and it will give the bad guys more to think about.