Monday, July 28, 1997 2:57 PM
Whenever some crazy guy goes ballistic with a gun, such as Colin Ferguson in
NYC, so many people spout the same rhetoric, "If only he had been unable to
get a gun!" I, on the other hand, expound upon the opposite sentiment: "If
only everyone else had been armed!"
Seriously, how long would his little shooting spree had lasted were every
other subway commuter likewise carrying a handgun? Maybe two or three
shots before a fellow subway traveler realizes that he's next and puts an
end to Colin's little fun and games. Maybe less. Perfectly justified, in
the defense of yourself and others. Blam.
And the massacre in a restaurant in Texas. The man drove a truck through
the store window, stepped out, and started shooting. I don't know how many
killed and wounded. It would have ended a lot sooner had every patron of
the store been packing.
How long are people going to go through their lives as sitting ducks? Isn't
it better that everyone is armed than only criminals having guns? Because
that's exactly what gun control will accomplish, that only criminals are
armed. Will that make you feel safe?