As it typically goes, following the most recent mass shooting at a church in Texas, Republicans offered their usual “thoughts and prayers,” while gun fanatics insisted that gun regulations wouldn’t have prevented this. Though pro-gun supporters were delighted to find out that one individual who lived near the church heard the gunfire, grabbed his gun, and chased off the monster who brought an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle into a church, killing 26 people.
Finally, a “good guy with a gun” chased off a “bad guy.”
Without a doubt, Stephen Willeford is a hero. The problem is, while his heroism probably saved lives, 26 people were murdered before any “good guy with a gun” showed up.
Let’s take a moment to really think about the ridiculousness of one of the most popular gun-nut talking points: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.
For a moment, let’s assume that’s true.
Many of these same pro-gun people also think open carry should be legal. Which means in their ideal society, everyone would be walking around openly carrying a weapon.
So, if gun fanatics were to get their way, meaning that practically every person walking our streets would be carrying a gun, then explain to me how, exactly, can we tell the difference between the “good guys” from the “bad guys” prior to the “bad guys” opening fire on innocent people?
I’d like to point out that, just prior to the monster who killed 26 people at that Baptist church on Sunday, he could have just been a “good guy with a gun” roaming around with his AR-15 — which is legal in Texas.
While it’s true he shouldn’t have been able to own guns, and the Air Force has admitted they made a mistake, unless you’re running background checks on every person out carrying a gun, then there’s no visual way for ordinary people to know if someone should or shouldn’t be legally carrying or owning firearms in public. So it would have been perfectly reasonable for people to see this madman prior to this massacre and think, “Oh, look, just another patriotic good guy with a gun exercising his Second Amendment rights.”
Just like what happened in Colorado a couple of years ago when people actually called the police on a man who was marching through their neighborhood with a gun, only to be told by law enforcement that there was nothing they could do considering it was legal to open carry there.
I’m not trying to downplay the bravery shown by Willeford to run toward gunshots at a nearby church. His courage very well could have saved lives.
The problem is, 26 people had to die before that happened — which is a huge problem.
So, if you’re a gun fanatic whose argument is that this tragedy “proves good guys with guns save lives,” I’m sorry — but you’re an idiot. You’re literally arguing that people might have to die before “good guys” can stop the “bad guys.”