|Marchers against gun violence outside the state capitol in Denver. 1MM4GC.org|
“Hand guns are made for killin’/Ain’t no good for nothing else..
And if you like your whiskey/ You might even shoot yourself.”
Here Colorado, lawmakers have some grand ideas. The first was to let teachers take their guns to school. That got quashed yesterday.
The second was to require businesses either to let people carry guns on their property or to have an armed security guard.
If you think the solution to gun violence is more guns, take a look at this article in Time. Your Brain in a Shootout: Guns, Fear, and Flawed Instincts
Even trained officers only hit their target 18% of the time. When police fired at an armed man outside the Empire State Building in New York City, they hit the suspect 10 times and hit nine bystanders.
The shooter in Aurora was able to kill or wound 68 people in 90 seconds. Now imagine 10 people taking out their guns and shooting at him. (They’d have to be pretty good to start shooting soon enough.) Would they hit ninety bystanders?
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time have a good version of “Saturday Night Special” on Freegal. And it tells what is more likely to happen with more guns: more lethal crimes of passion.