Which is the title of an article in the New York Post by Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit. Not that he needs my link to drive his traffic, but the article is worth reading.
It’s a short article with reading in it’s entirety. It’s more timely today than it was when it was published after the Virginia Tech shootings.
Here is one short quote,
Police can’t be everywhere, and as incidents from Columbine to Virginia Tech demonstrate, by the time they show up at a mass shooting, it’s usually too late. On the other hand, one group of people is, by definition, always on the scene: the victims. Only if they’re armed, they may wind up not being victims at all
The response time to the Aurora shooting was incredibly short, still a lot of people were killed or injured. I have to wonder what the outcome would have been if the theater didn’t have a “No guns allowed” policy and some of the audience was legally armed?
Which is all I’m going to say about that shooting other than the police, EMS, and fire personnel who responded did a great job under horrendous circumstances. Without them a lot more people might have been killed and injured.
Anything else anyone says is just politics, and I’m staying out of the debate. If you’ve read this blog more than a few times, you know where I stand.