|Quoting NAV20 (Reply 7):|
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...
"Gun-Free" zones: The criminal's playground.
I'm every bit as much a 'gun freak' as you may be, KFLLCFII. Years back, I guess I 'qualified' on everything from the 9mm. Browning pistol through the Lee-Enfield and the FN all the way up to the 25-pounder field gun.........
But just what is 'the story' as you see it?
'The story' is that armed criminals like this man know they would meet very little resistance in places such as post offices and other federal establishments, and any other locations or functions where the (licensed) possession of a firearm or other weapon is prohibited. Whether he said he was
only looking for a pizza (as another poster mentioned), or looking for bloodshed, revenge of some sort, or any other sinister motive, it may as well be open season until long after
the authorities arrive, set up a command post, potentially negotiate an outcome, and then determine and execute a course of action...All while hostages wait and ponder whether lives will be taken...Or whether they're next.
Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, Dawson College, Columbine, and countless other mass shootings where the (licensed) possession of a firearm or other weapon by the layperson was deemed illegal...How many of these tragedies could have been cut short by a legally-armed citizen/teacher/student in the wrong place at the right time?
And as for the idea that it's an accident waiting to happen? Those of you who aren't fond of legally-armed citizens milling about through society...How many times have you been witness to a bona fide accident involving a firearm out amidst the general public where a carry license was required and being exercised (not in the home, at the range, etc) by someone you didn't realize was carrying? Those that carry legally
know they have too much to risk/lose by letting accidents happen, which is why they are very, very, very
few and far between among the entire collective group.
That's 'the story' as I see it.
"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."