It isn’t that liberal gun-grabbers don’t know anything. It’s just that so much of what they think they know isn’t so.
Below, we have collected news stories on more cases of permit holders stopping mass public shootings with their handguns (we separately collect cases where concealed handguns are used to stop other crimes). There is no reason to believe that this list is comprehensive, given how little media coverage is devoted to these heroic acts. In addition, we make no attempt here to list here the vast number of defensive gun uses in general that are reported daily in the US.
A note: Gun control advocates raise the concern that concealed handgun permit holders who stop an attack might accidentally shoot a bystander. They are also fearful that the police might accidentally kill the permit holder. While such incidents are a possibility, they have yet to occur. We probably do not have all the cases where a permit holder stopped a mass public shooting, but if a permit holder were to shoot a bystander, it seems clear that such an event would get news coverage.
Funny, innit, how the thing they disingenuously pooh-pooh as an extremely “rare” occurrence happens quite often, as it turns out, whereas the two things they portray as dire, deadly near-inevitabilities…have never happened.
Okay, after thinking about it, I take back what I said before: actually, maybe it IS that these stubborn-ass chowderheads don’t know anything. Herschel puts his finger on the only button that matters and presses down hard on it (bold mine).
To be sure, none of this has anything to do with God-given rights. If a mass shooting can theoretically occur, and a carrier can theoretically stop it to prevent loss of life to himself or others, then it’s wise to carry and he or she certainly has the right to do so regardless of whether bogus research demonstrates that the result will be statistically insignificant. What’s statistically insignificant to the writer is significant if you have a firearm trained on you as a potential victim.
And WHOOT, there it is. The core issue here isn’t about phonus-balonus “common sense” regulations, or “gun safety,” or whether the social contract currently in effect expects that sturdier, more free-thinking and independent-minded Americans to willingly subordinate their own beliefs and ideals to the ignorance and pusillanimity of faint-hearted sob-sisters who are perfectly happy to farm out all responsibility for the defense of their persons, families, and property to Big Daddy Government so’s they won’t have to cry themselves to sleep every night knowing that there are still guns out there somewhere.
No, it ain’t about those things, nor any other of the multifarious sleight-of-hand conjurations they loudly claim. The core issue here revolves entirely and exclusively around one of our most fundamental human rights. More precisely: WE believe that we have some; THEY believe that, other than the unalienable “right” to 1) force normal, mentally stable folks to celebrate the fringe-sexuality-related psychopathologies of demented Lefty headcases as perfectly normal, admirable, and even superior to all other options, and 2) to have abortions willy-nilly, with no restrictions or oversight whatsoever, no such fundamental rights exist.
The ultimate goal of the gun-grabbers is and always has been the abolition of private ownership of firearms of every type; the confiscation and destruction of same; and the unilateral rescission of the hated Second Amendment by extralegal means, bypassing the amendment process delineated in the Constitution.
We can quote statistics and studies, cite real-world examples, and hurl cold, unyielding facts at them forever, but it will all be for naught; not one gun-grabber will be persuaded, not one will consider, if only in the interest of fairness, reexamining his position in light of hard evidence which directly refutes the tenets of his child-like faith in soothing but false abstractions. The gun-grabber position, being based entirely on emotion, is impervious to either facts or logic. You can’t reason someone out of a position he never reasoned himself into, nor should you try. Wastes your time, annoys the pig, etc.
So, after having spent many long years and much too much effort desperately trying to convince ourselves that some way might yet be found to peacefully coexist, to agree to disagree without rancor and each to just let the other one be, we finally wind up at the destination we’ve been plodding along towards with reluctance and dread all along. To wit: Stop flapping your yaps, gun-grabbers. The time for talk is over. Come and take them, if you dare. I hereby swear to you, on the graves of my forefathers: YOU WILL NEVER GET MINE. I’ll see you in Hell first.