When a solitary man burst into a movie theater in Colorado, he opened fire on over a hundred movie goers, picking off those who tried to flee. Twelve were killed, dozens injured; some in the melee and chaos of the moment.
Apparently, not one of the movie-goers was carrying a weapon.
Imagine the outcome had the 71-year-old been at the Aurora, Colorado theater instead of the Florida cafe.
It should be apparent that gun ownership is not the problem.
Gun crime continues to claim lives in nation's where toting firearms is illegal.
Two people died in Toronto, Canada last week when a gunman opened fire at a street party. 23 were injured. Canada's repressive gun laws did nothing to dissuade the killer from going on a deadly rampage. Again, had the 71-year-old been in Toronto that night, lives likely would have been saved, and few would have been injured.
It should be noted that self-defense is only one reason to carry -- and use -- a gun.
By firing on would-be robbers and potential killers, the 71-year-old man protected others as well as himself.
Had anyone at the Aurora theater taken the rabid gunman down, a dozen lives may have been saved. It's more than self-protection. It's protecting others.
The next tragic episode of gun violence may well occur in Georgia. A federal appeals court upheld a state law that banned guns in churches. The law also forbids firearms in government buildings, courthouses, prisons and jails, state mental health facilities, bars without the owner's permission, nuclear power plants and polling places and their immediate surroundings.
If a bad guy is looking for a place to do serious damage without serious opposition, he may well make the trek to Georgia.
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