Let’s Stop Pretending that Gun Laws Will Stop Criminals from Getting Guns
I don’t know about you, but if I hear one more person spouting off about how more gun laws will stop criminals from getting guns, I think my head will literally explode or my body will burst into flames spontaneously. Or what about that lame mainstream media mantra, that “good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns.” It is utterly ridiculous to think that a criminal will follow the law. Yes, I fully understand that there are grief-stricken parents out there who have had to endure the horrific loss of a child or a loved one because some lunatic gunned their loved one down. I get it. I feel terrible for them and cannot for one second imagine their pain. If I had to live with the reality of never seeing one of my children or loved ones ever again, it would cripple me emotionally.
That being said, let’s stop pretending. Let’s take a moment and clear the fuzz from our brains after we start to move past the shock of these shootings. Let’s stop fantasizing that gun laws protect law abiding citizens. They don’t. They simply serve to oppress law-abiding gun owners and kowtow to bleeding heart politicians pandering for votes to keep themselves in office. My opinion is that the Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein types of the world could literally not care less about the people they are supposed to be serving. These left wing progressives care about one thing and one thing only. They want to stay in office. (That is not to say that right wing politicians don’t want the same. They do.) If promoting gun laws gets those votes, well then they are all over it. They don’t want to lose their cushy jobs and perks. They are corrupt, plain and simple. They have forgotten who they serve or simply don’t care to remember.
The Mainstream Media and Biased Gun Law Coverage
Forget about the “mainstream media.” You’ll never see a lead story about how a law abiding gun owner stopped another public massacre. There have been numerous documented crime scenes where a legally registered concealed carry holder has stopped a crazed shooter in their tracks. In fact, there is evidence that this has happened numerous times over the years. Cases in point are the following active shooter scenes where a civilian or off-duty police officer has engaged a shooter prior to the police showing up on the scene. Keep in mind, the average first responder time on scene is roughly three minutes or 180 seconds. I’ll talk more about response times later in this article.
Oct. 1, 1997
Luke Woodham fatally stabbed and bludgeoned his mother and went on to kill two students and injure seven others at his high school. He was stopped in his tracks by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, a U.S. Army Reserve commander. Myrick detained the suspect, Woodham by using a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol he kept in his truck until authorities could show up.
Myrick stopped Woodham from going across the street to the middle school and massacring young children at the school. (Lubbock Online, 10/12/97)
April 24, 1998
Andrew Wurst showed up to his middle school dance with a .25-caliber pistol. He fired it, killing a teacher, wounding a second one, and injuring two students. The 14-year-old’s shoot-out lasted about 20 minutes. Police were still not on the scene when the shooting was ended by James Strand, the owner of the banquet hall at which the dance was being held. He confronted Wurst with his personal shotgun, ordering Wurst to drop his weapon. The teenager complied, and he held Wurst in place for 11 minutes before finally getting him to drop the weapon and lie on the ground, and then searched him for other weapons. The police arrived about a half hour into the incident. That is thirty minutes or 1800 seconds. Try staring at the wall for 1800 seconds and see how long you can do it. (CNN, 4/25/98)
Dec. 9, 2007
A former law enforcement officer from Minnesota named Jeanne Assam was at church when a 24-year-old gunman began firing at parishioners in the parking lot. Matthew Murray had claimed two victims before Assam opened fire on him with her personally owned concealed weapon. After receiving multiple hits from Assam, Murray then shot himself. This happened at a church. My wife once asked me why I carry a gun to church. This is why. (LA Times, 12/11/2007)
May 27, 2010
Abraham Dickan, a 79-year-old man, decided to shoot up an AT&T store in New York Mills, New York. Dickan was in the store when off-duty police officer Donald J. Moore saw him brandishing a .357 magnum and a hit list of employees he planned to kill in his pocket. Moore heard Dickan’s gun go off, drew his own personal weapon, and killed Dickan on scene. There was no chance that waiting for the police to show up would have prevented a potential massacre. A legal concealed carry permit holder did the job. (WKTV News, 7/28/14)
Dec. 11, 2012
Clackamas County, Oregon, two people were killed, and a third was severely wounded when Jacob Roberts opened fire in a local shopping mall. A shopper in the mall, Nick Meli, drew his personally owned firearm on Roberts, who then retreated. Meli did not fire his weapon, for fear of striking bystanders, but he saved numerous lives by confronting the shooter. (Oregon Live, 12/16/12)
January 06, 2014
An intruder armed with a shotgun forced his way inside the house of 63-year-old Elzie Pipkins in Shreveport, La. Once he was inside the house, the intruder ordered Pipkins’ granddaughter to fill a bag with valuables. Pipkins pleaded the criminal to take the money in her purse and leave. The intruder wanted more. Pipkins led the intruder to a safe where she kept loose change and her handgun. When the criminal took his hand off his shotgun to take the loose change, Pipkins took the opportunity to retrieve the pistol from the safe and fire it at the robber. She struck the robber once in the chest. He took off but subsequently collapsed a block away.
Following the shooting, Pipkins made it very clear she did not relish shooting the criminal, stating to a local news outlet, “Just $55 in coins, and he lost his life, Lord Jesus I wish the young people today would just think, go to school, get an education and a good job and buy what you want.” (The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La. 01/06/14)
Good Guys with Guns Do Stop Bad Guys with Guns
Armed school guards stopped an Oregon school shooter in his tracks in June 2014. Most recently, an armed doctor stopped a crazed lunatic patient of his after the patient shot and killed his case worker. The list of incidents could actually go on ad infinitum given the right amount of research and documentation. The point is, the mainstream media fails to report on the facts. Politicians pander to the liberal left to get votes. Guns in the hands of good guys do indeed stop bad guys with guns in their own footprints. Its fact and it is undisputable.
First and foremost, let me state that I think that the vast majority of law enforcement personnel are genuinely great people who care deeply for those they serve. Of course, there will always be a few bad apples, but for the most part, they are there to do their job to the best of their ability, given the resources at their disposal.
How do We Better Handle Active Shooter Scenarios?
As I see it, there are four possible ways to diminish the potential damage of an active shooter.
- You can make facilities more secure by adding things such as bullet proof glass, multiple door access, gated property access and property wide fences.
- Secondly, you can arm and train potential victims such as school teachers and administrators.
- Thirdly, you could step up awareness of shooting prevention programs and potential suspect identification.
- Lastly, you can improve law enforcement response times.
Each one of these approaches is far easier said than done. Take your pick of the numerous bureaucratic, political, and budgetary issues, and you’ll understand my skepticism.
Law Enforcement Response Times
Let’s talk a bit about police and emergency responder response times. There are studies all over the place that quote response times from three minutes all the way up to fifty-eight minutes. It really depends on who is doing the study, where they study took place, what results they want to present to the target audience of the study, etc. A statistics professor once told me in college that statistical results are simply the skewed findings of the people paying for the statistical analysis at hand. I tend to agree with him. And he was as liberal an educator as they come!
Let’s assume that the fastest response times are typical. We know they aren’t, but we’re going to give the police the benefit of the doubt. Let’s use three minutes as the average response time in the United States. Now, I want you to go stare at a blank wall for three minutes. Go watch how much stuff a toddler can get into in three minutes. Put a stopper in your kitchen sink and turn the water on full blast for three minutes. You might not think 180 seconds is a long time, but think again. It is a long time.
Now, imagine a bad guy just grabbed your daughter at gunpoint while she ran to her car in the driveway to grab something she forgot. In a split second, her life flashes before your eyes. Yes, this really happened. In June of 2014, St. Louis police say the 17-year-old girl was outside of her home getting something from the car when two armed men confronted her and demanded that she return to her home. The girl’s father saw what was happening from the house window, got his gun and fired several shots at the suspects, hitting both of them. The girl`s mother got another gun and fired a round as well, not hitting either suspect. Oh, and by the way, there was a five year old child in the house.
Do you think they would have survived this crime by a gun-wielding criminal had they waited 180 seconds for the police to arrive? The answer is a resounding no. They would have been injured at the least and dead at worst. The quick thinking and action of legally registered gun owners saved the lives of that family and likely saved the daughter from a lifetime of repulsive memories. Let’s quit pretending otherwise.
The Underlying Issues of Criminal Gun Behavior
It is time to deal with the underlying issues that lead to criminal gun behavior. Specifically, we need to address the lack of mental health treatment for mentally ill individuals. This is by far, in my opinion, one of the main reasons for the increase in gun violence in America. Sure, there are the pundits who will claim it is violent video games. Or, they will claim that it is a lack of background checks and a multitude of other reasons. I tend to agree a bit on the violent video games myself, but still see the decline of availability of mental health treatment as the main offender with respect to gun crimes.
The government started to defund these programs as far back as the 70’s and 80’s. A budget cut here and a program funding slash there took little notice in society. Forty years later, we have mentally ill people walking the streets at night and showing up in theaters wielding weapons dressed as the Joker from Batman. We have Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunning down their fellow students at Columbine High School. There is not a person on the planet that could convince me that these people were not mentally ill. I think they should be punished and locked away forever. Their crimes were despicable and they are despicable human beings. They were mentally ill, however. No sane person could do the horrific things these people have done.
Could these killings have been stopped? Absolutely. One legal concealed carry holder with courage could have stopped James Holmes from shooting up that theater in Colorado. Had there been more and better trained armed guards at Columbine, perhaps they could have ended that tragedy just like the armed guards at Arapahoe High School in Colorado who stopped student Karl Pierson. Pierson entered the school intent on murder. He ended up taking his own pathetic life once cornered by armed resource officers responding to the shots fired. Many school districts across the country have already armed their school resource officers. When I recently toured a new high school for my daughter in South Carolina, I took notice that there were two armed sheriff’s deputies on duty. I thanked them for doing their job and was quietly thankful that my daughter would be safe when she attends school there.
I shudder to think what will continue to happen if society keeps buying into the feel good premise that more stringent gun laws will prevent these types of crimes from happening in the future. Politicians who persist in pushing their stricter gun law agendas are simply uneducated or just don’t care what the facts are.
Solutions to Gun Crimes in America?
I propose we start with better access to mental health treatment. How about better information sharing between mental health professionals and law enforcement? Perhaps we could enact stricter punishment for the illegal use of a weapon during the commission of a crime? These are real answers to what will start to deter these crimes. Punish the guilty, empower the law abiding, and help our mentally ill citizens find a way out of their darkness. Until then, gun control is simply a political football being tossed around for votes.
I have a final idea for you to consider. How about we vote these
clowns politicians out of office and introduce Washington, DC. to sanity and the rule of law once again. Repeat after me, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Steve is a former United States Marine, serial entrepreneur and businessman with over twenty years of business start-up and management experience. He is the founder of Patriot Surplus and continues to oversee eCommerce operations for the business following an acquisition by US Patriot Tactical out of Columbia, South Carolina. Follow Steve as he shares his conservative views on fiscal issues, military news and our constitutional rights.