The Answer To Mass Murders

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Editor:

With the yellow tape still around the school, cries for gun control are loud. From the president to Congress to the media, they are demanding more gun restrictions. They believe that if there were fewer guns, there would be less gun violence.

There will be a strong push for laws limiting the ability to purchase guns and ammunition. With the fresh heartache on our minds, it will be difficult for politicians to speak against more control.

However, with an honest evaluation of recent mass murders, you find something interesting. Most happen in “gun free zones” such as schools or areas that have “No Guns” allowed signs (the Colorado Theater). It appears that as a gunman plans, he chooses a location where he can expect the population will be gun-free and most likely be defenseless. He then carries out the evil deed, killing one after another until one thing happens. For the most part, these situations end while the shooter is still in possession of ammo and there are more potential victims. The shooting stops when someone else shows up with their own gun and stops the shooter. This is usually when the first policeman arrives; but only after several minutes of travel, entry and finding the shooter; all while more of the unarmed are being slaughtered.

To protect the public, we have instituted zones which are gun-free, but only for law-abiding citizens. These are prime locations for deranged shooters with a pack load of guns and ammo.

The “answer” to this carnage is not more restrictions on the law abiding citizens’ rights to be armed an able to protect themselves and others; but less restrictions. If trained school staff were allowed to have concealed weapons on campus; when something like the most recent shooting starts, the first responder would not be miles away, but steps away. The first guy to arrive on the scene, with a gun of his own, to have an opportunity to stop a shooter would be someone just down the hall. This is how to save lives, by saving minutes before another first responder gets there. The answer is for more of the good guys among us to be armed and able to deal with horrific situations. We cannot afford the time needed for the police to respond from across town.

Mike Foil

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