The presence of an armed good person has been more effective at stopping mass murders than gun free zone signs. Guns are also used defensively much more often than the media would lead you to believe. However, it seems many of the occasions don't make it to mainstream media.
People who own and use guns are much more likely to see these stories than people who hate guns, hate the NRA, and wish both would disappear. Some may think the idea of an armed citizen acting responsibly is a fantasy. These incidents say otherwise.
So, to start things off.
12 Times Mass Shootings Were Stopped by Good Guys With Guns
Also, Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square - Chicago Tribune
Here is a database where you can look up by gun or by state. Browse Stories | Guns Save Lives
In this from California no shots were fired. California Woman Had Gun Held to Her Head by Armed Robber, but She Has a Surprise…
The woman told the suspect that her valuables were stored in a safe. When she went to open it she didn’t pull out money or jewelry, she pulled out a handgun that was stored in the safe.
Once the armed robber realized he was now facing an armed victim he turned and fled the residence without further incident.
Dec 8, '15
There's no doubt about it, guns can save lives. I suppose this is important to consider when 100,000 shooting injuries occur each year that overshadow these stats. I'd be thankful to that good guy with a gun.
I think people are getting his message, did you see the link I posted that more and more people are buying guns and arming themselves? Here in Florida when the economy tanked in 2008 (were thriving once again) one industry thrived and that was guns. We have shooting ranges, huge guns shows, etc. It's still a thriving industry: Florida Hit Nearly A Million Background Checks For Guns In 2013
There is a downside though: » As Firearm Ownership Rises, Florida Gun Murders Increasing
So despite mainstream media, and liberal outrage, the trend is good people are getting guns.
Last edit by Tweety on Dec 8, '15
Dec 9, '15
Quote from Spidey's mom
Do you mean a mass murder happens and then gun sales go up? That's true.
Yes this. Mass murder occurs. Fear occurs. Liberals are outraged. Gun reform advocates "there's coming for your guns and you're not safe if people were armed this wouldn't happen". Fear...gun sales go up. Murder rates go up and another mass murder and the cycle repeats itself.
The same thing happened when the economy tanked. People were fearful because it was all doom and gloom and gun sales rose (at least in Florida it did)
Meme's like you posted are relatively immature and not helpful in my opinion. Show me a the evidence that gun control advocates say no one is going to get shot. To bring our gun murders down to European levels (yes people get shot over there) we'd have to take guns away from a whole lot of people like Australia did. That is never going to happen in my lifetime. Never.
Still crime and gun murders might be on the decline, but it remains to be seen if that's a trend for the long term. One can hope. But with our staggering amount of violence we have a long way to go.
However, the comparison of our failure to stop drugs and stop 100,000 people getting shot, maimed and killed perhaps is a good one.
Last edit by Tweety on Dec 9, '15