“The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a Gun”-LaPierre, VP for the NRA
Like many people, I once was a stupid teenager. I went out with my friends to parties and got into trouble. Regardless of what my mother will tell you, I am far from perfect. One night I was at a party that turned into an active shooter situation. I could tell you it’s a true story but it’s so crazy you probably wouldn’t believe me anyways. Here goes:
It was over a $3 cover charge at a Kegger. If you don’t know, a Kegger is a party usually thrown by a Frat where they essentially turn a home, yard etc into a bar for a night and charge for drinks. Well the angry patron pulls out a gun to shoot the angry door guy, if you could call him that. Their was no door; the whole party took place in a back yard in the suburbs so “gate-guy” may even be more fitting. Well, a neighbor hears the shots and thinks he’ll have this John Wayne moment and take out the shooter. The problem is the shooter fled over the fence and the people in the street were just a mob of fleeing teenagers trying to get away from the first shooter, and into their parked cars.
The thing is, this man who randomly decided to shoot into a crowd of teens and parked cars wasn’t a bad guy. In the whole twisted mess he was actually the good guy trying to take out the bad guy. The problem was that this Joe Schmo had no training and no clue what he was doing. He was just trying to be a good guy, protect the castle, get the villain, and save the day. This was someone who was normally not prone to violence or mental instability. Maybe he had just seen too many cop movies or westerns. Maybe he bought into this NRA fallacy that they will pedal around to anyone who will listen that “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. The moral of the story is that if a group of Army Rangers can lose it and accidentally take out their team member Pat Tillman (The Army’s #1 military recruitment poster boy turned into big time cover-up-government- screw-up), you bet your ass it can happen to the regular less skilled gun toter out there.
The answer was never to band guns. The constitution would never allow it. Places that ban guns are not and will never be gun free. I’m from Phoenix. If we do that here the cartel will bring it with the coke and the weed and the meth and the money; it’ll be another product in their inventory. Love it, hate it, like it, un-friend me whatever you decide the choice is yours. However, if you ever find yourself in the moment, think realistically and realize that a John Wayne moment doesn’t always work out like it does in the movies.