The Second Amendment isn’t much use if (1) law-abiding, sane, and moral people don’t carry a weapon, (2) public businesses don’t allow citizens to exercise their rights by allowing them to carry their weapon into their establishment, and (3) people aren’t trained on how to use a weapon in high-pressure situations.
There was another shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in April of this year. It didn’t get much media attention, maybe because someone with a gun killed the gunman before he could finish his rampage:
A man crashed his car outside a Colorado church and opened fire on people who had come to his aid, fatally wounding the mother of the church’s pastor before an off-duty officer attending service shot him dead.
There are many people who believe the best way to stop gun crime is to outlaw the possession of guns. With no guns, so the argument goes, there won’t be any gun deaths. (I guess the same thing could be said about 40,000+ automobile deaths that happen every year in the United States.)
Of course, criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws. In fact, they don’t pay attention to any laws. There are laws against stealing, rape, and murder, and yet there are still people who steal, rape, and murder. That’s why they’re called criminals. There are strict laws against certain drugs and illegal immigration, and yet we have a lot of both.
The Luby’s restaurant massacre took place on October 16, 1991, in Killeen, Texas. George Hennard drove his pickup truck into the cafeteria and shot 23 people to death while wounding another 20, subsequently committing suicide by shooting himself. It was the deadliest shooting rampage in American history until the April16, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 dead, including the gunman.
Responding to the massacre [at the Luby’s cafeteria], the Texas Legislature in 1995 passed a shall-issue gun law, which requires that all qualifying applicants be issued a Concealed Handgun License. . . .
The law had been campaigned for by Dr. Suzanna Hupp, who was present at the massacre where both of her parents were shot and killed. She later expressed regret for obeying the law by leaving her firearm in her car rather than keeping it on her person due to the fact that it could have cost her chiropractic license. She testified across the country in support of concealed handgun laws, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996. The law was signed by then-Governor George W. Bush.
The Fort Hood shooting is another case in point. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 (one of whom was pregnant). Thirty others, including the shooter, were wounded and required hospitalization. As a matter of practice, Fort Hood personnel do not carry weapons on the base. Military weapons are only used for training or by base security, and personal weapons must be kept locked away by the provost marshal.
Nut jobs, Islamic extremists, and people with grudges know that most of us are unarmed. We’re sitting ducks.