Someone on another blog said, “It’s sad, but we’re just going to have to get used to this sort of tragedy.”
No, we don’t “have to get used to this sort of tragedy“!!! What we need to do, if we truly want to prevent as many incidents as possible, is to stop making schools, malls, movie theaters, etc. such soft targets.
Hint … These nuts (and criminals) are cowards. They virtually always pick places with large populations of disarmed, vulnerable people. (see Columbine, VA Tech, the movie theater in Aurora, the mall in Portland … virtually all of the sites of multiple shootings such as this were “gun free zones” … not so “gun free” after all, were they?)
“Gun free zones” give victims a false sense of security, but they give criminals and nuts real security by assuring that they won’t meet any effective resistance quickly enough to prevent their evil deeds.
Eliminating the deadly fallacy of “gun-free zones” will prevent most of these crimes, by eliminating the certainty that they can be accomplished without the threat of resistance. Even in the remaining cases, it will at least allow them to be stopped before they can rack up such high body counts.
English philosopher Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.” In these (multiple victim shooting) cases, government or owners of malls, theaters, etc. are actively preventing the possibility of good men or women doing anything meaningful and effective to stop the evil.
As Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.“
How many innocent men, women, and children have to die in this country before the madness of prohibiting good people the means of self-defense is ended?
And, before someone says that the good people shooting back to stop these nuts will just kill more innocents, the federal government’s own statistics show that armed civilians acting in self-defense (or the defense of others) are more than 5.5 times LESS likely than the police to accidentally shoot an innocent person.
Gun control will not stop criminals from getting guns. By definition, they don’t obey laws. Neither will it dissuade the insane.
The only way to prevent, or at least reduce, the deaths is to allow people the means to defend themselves and others promptly and effectively. That means allowing the good, honest, law-abiding people to carry weapons for self-defense and (at their option) the defense of other innocents.
Guns don’t kill, but criminals, the insane, and “gun control” do …