Monday, August 27, 2012

The Myth That "It's Better If Everyone Is Armed" Is Busted!

In the past few months we here in America have witnessed several brutal mass killings that involved guns.

We have seen 12 killed and 58 injured in the Century movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. We have seen 6 killed and 3 wounded in the Seik temple shooting and finally here in my hometown of New York we saw 2 killed and 9 wounded in the Empire State Building shooting.

Throughout these acts of mindless and senseless violence we have been able to count on two things. The first is that the Democrats will do absolutely nothing to curtail the sale of guns. The second thing we can rely on is the Republicans interjecting their magical thinking by saying "If there had only been more guns everyone would have been saved".

This Republican talking point about how a better armed citizenry will put an end to these mass shootings is something I'd like to address in light of the New York shooting.

After the earlier shootings Across the board you had Republicans, right wingers and gun nuts all chiming in about how bad they felt for the families of the victims but then saying that they wished that some law abiding citizen would have had a gun so he could have ended the massacre before anyone was killed.

Here are a few of those insane enough to believe this absurd fantasy...

Louie Gohmert said "It does make me wonder with all those people in the theater was there no one who was carrying who could stop this guy more quickly?"

Firearms safety trainer Greg Block says: "All you need is one person there with a gun," he said. "If this went down in Texas or Arizona, he would have died quick."

Luke O’Dell of the Colorado-based group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners said: “Potentially, if there had been a law-abiding citizen who had been able to carry in the theater, it’s possible the death toll would have been less.”

World famous asshole Ted Nugent tweeted: "We pray for all victims & loved ones of demon shooter in CO & we SALUTE the brave warriors who saved lives IF only they would have had a good gun".

Adding to this cacophony of moronic voices are hundreds of conservative blogs with topic titles such as "If More People Carried Guns, Aurora Massacre Wouldn't Happen", "Why more people should carry guns" and of course the very popular "More People Should Carry A Gun".

So the prevailing group think among these people is that to more guns the better. Simple math to them I'm guessing. If everyone around the "bad" shooting man has a gun the "good" shooting people can shoot him and kill him good and dead.

Well here the reality.

In the most recent shooting at the Empire State Building the "bad" man was indeed surrounded by "good" federal agents all of whom were armed. The "good" agents did in fact draw their weapons and did kill the "bad" man. The only problem was is that they also shot nine innocent bystanders in the process.

In a statement to CNN on Saturday New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said all nine bystanders wounded in Friday's Empire State Building shooting had been hit with police gunfire.

Dr. David Klinger, a former Los Angeles police officer and current criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis “No matter how realistic their training is, it can never prepare an officer for a shooting,”

If that is the case with trained police officers can anyone even begin to fathom the damage a bevy of non-trained gun toting civilians would do in a crowd.

Here is a final thought on all of this.

As far as I'm concerned the Democrats are pathetic cowards who stand idly by while the blood of their innocent constituents are spilled on the streets of the districts they represent.

As far as the Republicans go, I consider them accessories to murder. They are the whores to the 2nd Amendment gun nuts and the killers who run the NRA. They are pandering scum of the earth and their hands are forever drenched in the blood of all gun violence victims.

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