This image posted by a friend on Facebook started a discussion. This is one of many photos being circulated by LegallyArmedAndProudOfIt. Going to the site and reading some of the comments I see little agreement. In fact, the first comment I read was by a person siting historical problems with everyone being armed and getting drunk, angry, or generally going nuts and instigating shootouts. We have seen the westerns, bullets were flying everywhere until the law, or The Rifleman brought peace to the town.
This topic is back and is not going away, because there has been another mass shooting. Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, was taught to shoot by his Mom and loved hunting, and collected guns. He took six guns from his collection of 14 and went to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The police were on site within 5 minutes and engaging the shooter within two minutes after that. Harper-Mercer killed 9 people and left 9 others injured.
This discussion got me curious about what guns used in these mass shootings (defined as 4 or more). A quick search showed me that handguns, not assault rifles, are the weapon of choice. To those of you teaching your children to respect guns and people and making sure they behave responsibly you might want to look back at Safety Dejavu.
In the meantime, if you don’t want gun laws to change, then we have to find another way to stop mass shootings. Both sides of the issue are eager to express what doesn’t work. It is time to share your ideas to stop mass shootings. Maybe together we can make a difference.