Whenever I hear about a mass shooting, the first thing that pops into my mind is, what a shame there weren’t armed people there to stop the tragedy. I know a lot of individuals immediately shout out that the only way to stop these shootings is to enact gun control. There is an inherent flaw in the gun control arguments–there is no way to prevent bad guys from acquiring firearms. Criminals do not obey laws in general. Gun laws are no different. Prohibition of any kind has never worked. Why would it be any different with guns? If guns are outlawed then only criminals would own guns. Law abiding individuals would be completely at the mercy of armed criminals. It is no coincidence that 92 percent of mass shootings happen in gun free zones. That statistic is from this study by The Crime Prevention Research Center.
Almost on a weekly basis, I come across articles chronicling how good guys with guns have saved lives by killing bad guys with guns, thus limiting the casualties. Because these incidents shine a favorable light on guns, they are buried by the media. They are also buried by Google. I made the mistake of trying to use Google to research this article. When I typed in the search “good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun” I first received an avalanche of completely one sided search suggestions before I even finished typing in my search. The search results were even more biased towards a distorted progressive agenda.
Here are excerpts from three articles I encountered, just through my usual browsing, in the past two weeks. These articles chronicle incidents where good guys with guns have stopped mass shootings.
This Daily Caller Article Sept 24 2017
A Nashville Police Department spokesman said the shooter entered the church after 11 a.m. CST wearing a neoprene ski mask. One woman was shot in the parking lot before the shooter entered the church and opened fire on about 42 people still inside.
One church member, 22-year-old Caleb Engle, confronted the shooter before being pistol whipped in the face. Engle then went to his car to retrieve a gun, which he has under a concealed carry license.
Engle returned to the church to confront the gunman again. The gunman shot himself in the face when the man returned, possibly by accident.
Here is the result — Samson is being charged with murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the attack that killed one and left at least seven other people injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a town just south of Nashville, Tenn.
Guns in churches seem like some sort of grotesque oxymoron but in the right hands a firearm can be the ultimate peacemaker. Many were thankful that day in 2007 that Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, had easy access to a gun when Matthew Murray entered the east entrance of the church and began firing his rifle. Murray was carrying two handguns, an assault rifle, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
Assam, who worked as a police officer in downtown Minneapolis during the 1990s and is licensed to carry a weapon, shot and killed Murray. Had she not done so, more than two would have been killed at the church that day.
Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy.
In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself. A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli.
As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim, reluctant to fire lest an innocent bystander be hit. But he didn’t have to pull the trigger: The shooter fled when confronted, ending his own life before it could be done for him.
Here is what NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre had to say about this subject, as quoted in this Breitbart article
Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk….
…The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.