Tuesday, September 6, 2011

No hero gunman

Oftentimes we hear that gun violence can be prevented if people were allowed to freely carry around firearms of their own. For example, after the Virginia Teach shooting, it was asked whether allowing students and faculty to carry concealed weapons might have resulted in fewer deaths. Well, while not dispositive, we have a real life example in which a man with an AK 47 killed four and injured eight:
Witnesses and authorities described a frantic scene in the bustling business district, in which the shooter pulled into the large complex of retail stores and shops just before 9 a.m. in a blue minivan with a yellow "Support Our Troops" sticker on the back. He got out and immediately shot a woman near a motorcycle, a witness said.

Ralph Swagler said he grabbed his own weapon, but said it was too late to stop the shooter, who charged into the IHOP through the front doors.

"I wish I had shot at him when he was going in the IHOP," said Swagler, who owns Locals BBQ & Grill. "But when he came at me, when somebody is pointing an automatic weapon at you — you can't believe the firepower, the kind of rounds coming out of that weapon."
Surely Swagler wouldn't argue that automatic weapons should be banned! It seems more to the point that not only should everyone be able to carry a concealed weapon, but they should be allowed to carry a concealed automatic weapon, like, say, an Uzi.


Gorilla Bananas said...

Hmm. I wonder if she could fire that thing if someone was eating her out.

ChrisV82 said...

It depends on how adept the linguist was.