After the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting near Fort Worth, where concealed handgun permit holders stopped a mass public shooting, Michael Bloomberg warned that the average citizen shouldn’t be carrying guns.
“It may be true that someone in the congregation had his own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people. But it’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.”
In recent years, civilians have stopped dozens of such attacks in churches, businesses, movie theaters, restaurants, and malls. The only exceptional aspect of the West Freeway case was that the permit holder’s actions actually garnered some national attention, unlike the vast majority of these heroic acts. None of the problems that Bloomberg seems to fear — permit holders shooting bystanders or being shot by arriving police — occurred in any of those cases.
(Thursday, January 2, 2020)