In a recently published letter to the editor, the writer claimed that if Gabby Gifford and her entourage had been armed, they would never have been attacked. His premise was that no gunman would dare attack anyone armed for fear of retaliation. Continuing with this premise, the children at Columbine School should have been armed and the people in the movie theater in Aurora should have been armed. Just today, Sunday, Aug. 5, there is a report that a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has come under attack by gunmen who shot and killed many people. If they had all been armed, the letter writer would say, they would never have suffered such a fate.
The sadly misled letter writer operates under the illusion that perfectly sane and rational individuals perform these and other shootings and would be deterred by armed targets. It is the painfully skewed rationale of the National Rifle Association, which continues to be under the paranoid conclusion that the government is determined to take away all their firearms ... Their answer to insist that everyone be armed. Here in Arizona, in particular, this kind of thinking prevails. Other states have a state bird or flower, Arizona has a state gun.
Most people would agree that complete gun control is unattainable and would probably have little, if any, effect in limiting crime anyway. That reasoning contains an understanding that crimes are committed by bad people intent on achieving their bad goals with whatever tool they find effective. We don’t blame the automobile when, under the influence of a drunk driver, it is involved in a terrible crash. Neither should we blame guns and not shooters. And that’s the whole point. Petulant claims and arguments on both sides of the “gun control” issue only continue to prevent a rational discussion on any possible means to at least address the issue with some hope at improvement.
Your letter writer apparently fails to understand the real problem and would only exacerbate the situation by insisting that everyone carry guns. Less guns may not solve the problem, but more guns definitely would not.
Holli and Noble Collins