I’m no longer surprised by the usual suspects crawling out of the woodwork in the wake of a mass shooting, wanting to add more guns to the mix instead of taking away the ones that are causing the problem. I wrote about this back in 2013 and nothing has really changed since.
Let’s game out the scenario where adding guns fixes the problem: So you now allow students, faculty and staff at colleges to carry guns. Shooters recognize this and choose a softer target – the next mass killing is at a McDonald’s. So now you say McDonald’s employees should be armed. Great! Shooters know this and choose a softer target – the next shooting is at a hospital. You say hospital staff should be allowed to carry weapons for their own protection. Fantastic! Shooters get the memo and go for a softer target – a daycare center is next. You say daycare workers need to be armed in order to protect their charges. You no longer have a country – you now have a series of armed enclaves, joined together by roads. Congratulations, it’s the Mad Max future dystopia you’ve always wanted!
None of this deals with the problem that even as a responsible gun owner on a college campus, you have no idea if the armed individual across the quad is an equally responsible gun owner hoping to “resolve” the situation just like you, or is in fact the armed aggressor. Getting that wrong could be tragic.
Maybe consider that guns aren’t the solution – guns are the problem, and do something about it.
Only no one will. If Sandy Hook, and the inaction following it, taught us anything, it was that the US is willing to have the occasional school full of dead children as long as no one takes away their guns. It’s a price they’re willing to pay.
Statistically, gun ownership puts you more at risk, not less. Perhaps it’s time to do something about all the guns.