Skip to comments.Too Many Guns in the U.S. -- or Too Few?
Posted on 07/27/2012 3:42:57 AM PDT by marktwain
A rampage shooting at the Youth With a Mission center in Arvada, Colo., the night before had taken two lives and left a third man critically wounded. The crime scene was 70 miles from the Colorado Springs campus of the New Life Church. But the killer had escaped into the snowy night, and one member of the congregation -- former Minnesota policewoman Jeanne Assam -- had an ominous feeling he might strike again.
Acting on her instincts, Assam urged the church pastors to post volunteer guards -- some of them armed -- at Sunday services at the sprawling mega-church. And at 1 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2007, Jeanne Assams premonition came true.
The Arvada gunman, 24-year-old Matthew J. Murray, showed up just after the 11 a.m. worship service at New Life had ended. He began blazing away in the parking lot, killing two teenage sisters and wounding their father and another woman. Unloading two pistols and a semi-automatic rifle from his car -- along with 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a backpack -- he headed into the churchs foyer.
Hearing the gunfire in the parking lot, Assam drew her licensed pistol from its holster and headed toward the gunman . . .
A Killing Machine
After last weeks horrific shootings inside a movie house in suburban Denver, Americans did what they always do in such circumstances: We moved in two different directions at once.
Many people decried the ease with which firearms can be obtained in this country by unbalanced people with no business playing with matches, let alone high-powered rifles. Others went out and bought a gun. And some did both.
These are contradictory impulses, but they both make sense. Many ordinary Americans, unlike our polarized and linear political parties, can hold two competing ideas in their minds
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People can want to own guns and keep liberty for all. This is the basic mindset of freedom.
People can want that there be no guns at all. This is the basic minset of irrationality.
I vote for too few. Where’s my Shield???
Most of these calculated cowards do not want to die. They know the scummedia is thier friend and will give them what they need notariety. If he knew there were armed civilians in this theater would he have continued. Here is where we would find out whether he was sane or insane. The politicians will not protect you and law enforcement arrives to late it is up to the people to protect themselves
Neither. The problem is with an increasingly irresponsible population with Federal and State governments that have gotten between the parent and the child.
Unintended consequences, of a sort.
If you know how many firearms you have , you don’t have enough ! Every legal qualified U.S. citizen should be required to own at least one handgun and one rifle and be educated on how to use it .
Well, OK, I qualify. No idea how many we lost in the tragic boat accident. But I still want one more (this is how it starts, right??? Hubby said it would)..for easier CC. Yeah, that’s the reason..a more fashion-friendly gun!
Too many in the hands of every little government agency and too few in the hands of law abiding citizens.
> Every legal qualified U.S. citizen should be required to own at least one handgun and one rifle and be educated on how to use it.
Why should I be “required” to own a handgun?
I’ve got a bunch of rifles and shotguns but I’ve never really like handguns. I had to qualify with 2 different models of handguns when I was in the service, but I preferred the rifle in combat.
I think the problem is too few guns and way too many gun-free zone signs. All those signs do is tell a killer, “Great place for a mass murder; go for it!”
“I vote for too few. Wheres my Shield???”
I agree, My daughters got the whole safety/marksmanship course as soon as they were old enough to keep the muzzle out of the dirt.
It’s not the number of guns. It’s the number of responsible users. I say there are far too few.
How about "This is the private, personal business of each and every single American citizen and the leftist Nazis can go suck on the business end of the first gun they run across".
FedGuv can start at our Southern border here in AZ.
We are adding one on Monday...gift for the wifey!
It should be law that all households keep at least one gun in the home for protection, and insurrection when the government intrudes on their freedoms.
***One law for us serfs, one law for our masters.***
I have an interesting article somewhere about the French in the 14th & 15th centuries.
During the wars between the English and France, the English bowmen (free men) cut down the French on the battlefield.
The French made some serfs into bowmen but found a problem. Once the serfs became armed they considered themselves free men and were not willing to give up their weapons and become serfs again.
The author tried desperately to be “balanced” and “fair” when the issue is not a subjective on of “creamy” or “crunchy”, but of “Freedom” or “Hitler”.
“Hitler also has several valid arguments” just does not wash. A “reasoned” argument in favor of tyranny (especially when that argument has been definitively shown to be wrong), is not reasonable.
Fairness be damned. Hitler is just wrong. Unequivocally wrong. And so is gun control, all at once or through the use of gradualism and deception.
The primary confusion is that, “endowed by the Creator” is not the same as “granted by government”. Endowed rights are neither given nor can they be taken away by government, except illegitimately. A government that tries to do so is almost by definition a tyranny.
No matter the rationalizations they fabricate to justify it.
Fits easier under your pillow.