Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Peter Jamison finally understands the question, even though he can’t bring himself to admit the correct answer.
Iwas three years ago this month that Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Assn., enraged gun-control advocates with his defiant assertion that more firepower was the solution to America’s wave of mass shootings.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre declared at a news conference one week after the shooting that left 26 people, including 20 children, dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. La Pierre suggested an armed security officer could have stopped the tragedy and called for garrisoning police in every school.
Today, those struggling to make sense of the nation’s latest massacre face a vexing but unavoidable question: Was LaPierre right?
Jamison asked the question, but only in order to then lie to himself and the readers of the Times.
He semi-convinces himself that armed security guards might be a solution, but then backs away from that, incorrectly citing the Columbine High School massacre of 1999 as an example. He doesn’t grasp that the armed sheriff’s deputy who engaged one of the mass murders at the school fixed the killer in place for crucial seconds, giving dozens of students time to escape the school. The deputy then followed then-standard protocols, and waited for backup instead of pursuing the killers. That was a failure of conventional wisdom on how to handle mass shootings that was nearly universal in law enforcement at the time, and not a failure of the deputy or of armed response in general.
Indeed, the most up-to-date research out of Purdue’s Homeland Security Institute’s research shows that a mix of concealed carry and armed guards is the very best deterrent to a mass shooter available in a free society.
On average, mass killers shoot about one person every twenty seconds, and the best way to stop that mass killer has consistently proven to be a “good guy with a gun, ” time after time after time.
Any honest study of mass or spree killers notes that their rampages often end on contact with armed resistance. Note that I didn’t say “on being shot by armed defenders,” though that is often the case as well. Mass killers often choose to commit suicide at the first sign of armed resistance.
One need to look no further than the Clackamas Town Center Mall Massacre three days before Sandy Hook.
Oh wait… Clackamas wasn’t a mass murder.
Although the would-be mass killer had a rifle just like the little creep at Sandy Hook, and like the little creep at Sandy Hook, committed suicide the moment he sensed armed resistance, he encountered armed resistance far faster. A concealed carrier named Nick Meli pulled his concealed Glock pistol when the killer opened fire, and began maneuvering for a clear shot. As Meli ran from one piece of cover to another with his gun out, the would-be mass murderer saw him, fled the food court, and committed suicide.
Investors Business Daily gets what the L.A. Times, Washington Post, N.Y. Times and other progressive-dominated news organizations cannot ideologically admit:
Media giants like the New York Times are going to unprecedented lengths to politicize the San Bernardino massacre. The Second Amendment they hate is actually the first defense against terrorism.
You can’t afford to hire armed security guards to protect every soft target, but we can ensure that citizens have the legal right to do what is morally right, which is to protect themselves and others from violent criminals and terrorists with concealed weapons.
Now more than ever, we need to pass a National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and we need to push state legislatures in those freedom-challenged areas such as California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia to adopt “shall issue” concealed carry permitting.
The sort of strict gun control favored by Democrats is an abject failure. The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, crippled by the strongest gun control laws in the nation, proved that. The even stricter gun control laws in France, which has seen more people murdered in recent months in mass killings than the United States has during Barack Obama’s entire presidency.
Gun control has conclusively failed.
It’s time to ensure that anti-liberty laws are swept aside, so that American citizens can exercise their right to armed self-defense wherever they may lawfully be.