It's been about two weeks since the most recent modern day worst mass killing by guns in the United States. Hopefully now it's not "insensitive" to the victims to talk about why and how to stop the next one.
We've heard forever that the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. That theory sounds catchy and if the "good guy" is a police officer, I agree with it.
The problem is that while there are many people illegally carrying guns, there are also many more who like Stephen Paddock, legally carry and own guns and do nothing wrong with them until they do. So unless the police or FBI knew that Paddock was considering a killing spree, even if they saw him walking down the street with his arsenal, there would be nothing they could do to stop him until he starts shooting.
Stephen Paddock literally could have walked down Las Vegas Blvd. with an AR-15 over his shoulder and bullets falling out of his pockets and his only crime would be littering. He could simply say that he was carrying that gun and the ammo for safety and at that point he would be a good guy with a gun because he had no criminal record and legally owned all of the weapons he acquired.
It would have violated his rights under the law if the police were to inquire as to why he was buying so many guns and so many bullets. That would be true if he was a rich white guy like he was or any other citizen. Unless the hotel objected, which they might not have since he was a high roller, Paddock could have openly toted his guns in the casino and he would been following the law.
So if you are for open carry and people being able to have whatever gun they want as long as they aren't a criminal then please let us know how the good guys with guns can stop the bad guys who used to be good guys before they start shooting. Because the next Stephen Paddock could be just like him; a good guy with a gun, until he wasn't.
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