Law / Socioculture

The average armed citizen, in a scenario like the Arizona shootings, will do more harm than good. If you encounter an armed bad guy, and you’re armed, who do you think will be taken out first? Most gun owners think they’d get the shot off first, and unerringly take out the right guy. They see the risk for others, but me?? I’d nail the bastard! Uhh, yeah…, OK…

“It defies logic, as this case shows once again, that an average citizen with a gun is going to disarm a crazed killer. For one thing, these kinds of shootings happen far too suddenly for even the quickest marksman to get a draw. For another, your typical gun hobbyist lacks training in how to react in a violent scrum.
“I don’t think these are reasons to disarm the citizenry. That’s never going to happen, nor should it. But the Tucson shootings should discredit the canard that we need more guns at school, in the workplace, even in Congress. Yes, Congress. The Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert has proposed a bill to allow fellow members to carry firearms into the Capitol Building.
“Gohmert has enough trouble carrying a coherent thought onto the House floor. God forbid he would try to bring a Glock to work. By his reasoning, the Middle East would be better off if every nation in the region had nuclear weapons.”

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/myth-of-the-hero-gunslinger/?hp

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