It has been reported --I think I heard a brief reference on NPR yesterday morning--that some of the victims at Ft. Hood were NOT shot by the alleged shooter but were shot by the people shooting AT the shooter…
Irony, nest paw? First, that such a disaster would occur on an Army base where there is tight security and everybody has weapons' training, and many walk around fully armed.
If this proves to be true–and I don’t expect to learn the truth anytime soon–then it is ammunition (you should forgive the metaphor…) with which to rebut the claims by the gun-loons that a well-armed society is a safe society…
A long time ago, I proposed an idea to placate the gun-loons: Every one should be armed at all times, and under the injunction that if an armed citizen observes another armed citizen "pull" his/her weapon, the observing citizen was required by law to "pull" her/his own weapon and point it at the person previously brandishing a weapon. If one fires the weapon, then present all must also fire.
Solves a couple of problems, as you can see.
4 days ago