July 22, 2012
In the 24 hours following a tragic shooting spree at a packed Aurora, Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and dozens wounded, the 2nd Amendment has already come under heavy fire by politicians, Hollywood stars, and the mainstream media.
In a radio interview, New York Mayor Bloomberg called on President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to “stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it” referring to guns in America. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has announced plans to reintroduce legislation that would restrict the availability of high-capacity gun magazines. CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin criticized legislators in an interview with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, asking “What has to happen for Washington to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban which expired back in 2004?” The Daily Beast made its anti-gun case in a story entitled, “Why Don’t Mass Shootings Lead to Gun Control?” and the San Francisco Chronicle mirrored the sentiment with “Tragedy Shows Need for Gun Control,” tossing blame at politician cowardice. Actress Susan Sarandon tweeted, “The right to bear arms was referring to muskets. Maybe it’s time to re-think our gun policy on this day of slaughter in Colorado.”
Of course no one bothered to point out any instances when a lawful gun owner saved lives in a deadly, or potentially deadly, mass shooting situation in this country:
- * In 1997, an assistant principal grabbed a .45 from the glove compartment of his truck and subdued a teen shooter at his Mississippi high school after two students were shot and seven were injured (source).
- * In February 2007, an armed off-duty officer was able to fend off a shooter in a Utah mall until police could arrive (source). Later that same year, a Colorado woman with a pistol permit took down a gunman after a shooting spree that spanned 12 hours and two churches left five people dead (source).
- * Last year, a pharmacist with a concealed carry permit was able to stop two armed robbers who had taken customers hostage at his Michigan drugstore (source).
- * Just last month, a legally armed passerby was able to end a vicious attack on a woman in Georgia simply by brandishing his weapon and threatening to use it (source).
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