Back in 2018, a good guy with a gun saved lives by killing an active shooter but that didn’t get a lot of headlines.
Unfortunately, the left’s ignorance of guns is one of the problems when it comes to drafting legislation on ‘gun control.’ Unless the left can learn the subtleties of firearm lore, they will effectively neuter their ability to do anything cooperatively with conservatives about it.
I phrase it that way intentionally, too, as I think we (as a nation) may be hitting a critical tipping point on gun control/ownership. The current impasse on gun control which includes the left unable to figure out legislation for a medium position that is logical and sustainable.
The left wants to take law-abiding citizens rights away from them so they can “feel” better. The problem is not one you can solve by gun-grabbing just as prohibition did not solve the drinking problem or the war against drugs stop drug use.
A gunman who opened fire inside a Walmart in Washington state and injured at least two people during carjacking attempts was fatally shot by one of two armed civilians on Sunday evening, according to police.
The Thurston County coroner identified the dead suspect as Tim O. Day, 44, though police said they were still piecing together the full story of what happened at the Tumwater, Wash. Walmart.
About 5 p.m. Pacific Time, authorities received a call about a possibly drunk driver heading the wrong way on a main road near a local high school, said Laura Wohl, Tumwater police public information officer.
As police sped to the scene, they received a second call about a carjacking with shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a 16-year-old girl with unspecified non-life-threatening injuries but no suspect. They quickly located the stolen car but once again no suspect. [Washington Post]
About 6% of the US population has a CCW permit. And that’s in spite of over 60 million living in states [“may issue states”] that make it extremely difficult for most residents to get a CCW permit — there are 8 such states including California and New York or taking into account about ten states that don’t require a permit for concealed carry for residents so many people may carry concealed without a permit or “permission” from anyone. In at least one state, over 20% of the population has CCW permits.
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So, pretty much everyone who wants to carry concealed in the US and who doesn’t live in the eight “may issue” states already can do so. If you live in a “shall issue” state, there are probably a lot more firearms around you in public than you realize.
So, your fears of “thousands of vigilantes” suddenly emerging is unfounded – there are about 2.5 times as many CCW permit holders in the US (see caveats in the previous paragraph though) now as there were ten years ago yet there hasn’t been an overwhelming increase in gun crime as you seem to be predicting.
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