Today’s shootings in San Bernardino, California claimed (s0 far) 14 lives and wounded 17 others. This year, there have been more mass shootings than days. The politicians certainly won’t do anything. The NRA won’t let up on their rhetoric, which is consistently been one of the following: you can’t take away guns from law-abiding citizens, criminals will just figure out how to get guns, and my favorite, taking away guns prevents a good guy from stopping a bad guy.
The last one is my personal favorite. We can’t do anything in this country about guns because a good guy won’t be able to stop the bad guy hell-bent on killing.
This logic makes me ask one question: after 355 mass shootings happening so far this year, where have the good guys been? And no, the good guys with guns are not the Tea Party ammosexuals who sling their AK-47s and AR-15s on their backs in Target and Olive Garden.
For the right-wingers that have been harping on about California’s “liberal” gun policies (some people have said this is what led to today’s shooting), I would kindly reference them to the California Attorney General Office’s website which states:
Generally you may not carry a concealed firearm on your person in public unless you have a valid Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license. CCW licenses are issued only by a California county sheriff to residents of the county, or the chief of police to residents of the city. California law does not honor or recognize CCW licenses issued outside this state.
(Pen. Code, §§ 25400-25700, 26150-26225.)
Contact your county sheriff’s office or, if you are a resident of an incorporated city, your city police department, for information on obtaining a CCW license. They can answer your questions and provide you with a copy of their CCW license policy statement and the CCW license application. If you live within an incorporated city, you may apply to the police department or the county sheriff’s office for a CCW license. However, only residents of a city may apply to a city police department for a CCW license.
(Pen. Code, §§ 26150-26225.)
Currently, 17 states must grant all citizens (who qualify) the right to conceal carry. Twenty-five states grant citizens and non residents the right to conceal carry. Nine states give the right to concealed carry to be left to the discretion of the state.
So 42 states allow for concealed carry, and Americans are buying record amounts of (legal) guns, and we have a record number of legal guns in circulation.
Again, I ask: with the overwhelming majority of states easily allowing concealed carry, coupled with the fact record amounts of guns are being bought by law-abiding citizens, where are the good guys with the guns? Americans are dying in droves as they wait for the ‘good guys with guns’ to show up.
You see, while there may be good guys with guns walking among us, the truth is they rarely, if ever, makes a difference in active shooter situations. A recent study by the FBI analyzed 160 active shootings which resulted in injuries to 1,043 victims, including 486 deaths, between 2000 and 2013. What was found?
More than half (56 percent) were terminated by the shooter who either took his or her own life, simply stopped shooting or fled the scene. Another 26 percent ended in the traditional Hollywood-like fashion with the shooter and law enforcement personnel exchanging gunfire and in nearly all of those situations the shooter ended up either wounded or dead. In 13 percent of the shooting situations, the shooter was successfully disarmed and restrained by unarmed civilians, and in 3 percent of the incidents the shooter was confronted by armed civilians, of whom four were on-duty security guards and one person was just your average “good guy” who happened to be carrying a gun.
What say you, NRA? While you continue to march forward based on faulty logic, fourteen people died, three weeks before Christmas.
Featured image via Josh Lopez