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ID – GUN RIGHTS – Where were the ‘good guys with a gun’?

Shortly after Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 grade-schoolers and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary at Newtown, Conn., in 2012, the National Rifle Association’s executive director, Wayne LaPierre offered this mantra: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” In other words, the armed citizen — equipped with a concealed weapon or an openly carried handgun — will stop an assailant long before the cops arrive. You would not expect a fair test of that premise in California, where the state gives local law enforcement discretion to issue concealed carry permits and where open carry laws are heavily restrictive. Ohio allows concealed carry licenses and permits open carry. But in Texas, the NRA has persuaded lawmakers to liberalize concealed carry and open carry laws with almost as much success as they’ve enjoyed in Idaho. So how did it work out Saturday when a suspect identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius used a variant of an AK-47 to kill 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso? Here’s what former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, San Antonio Mayor and presidential candidate Julian Castro told NBC’s Chuck Todd Sunday: “This happened in Texas, a state that has one of the highest rates of gun ownership. It has concealed carry. It has open carry. The shooter knew he would be walking into a store where a lot of people would be carrying a gun. That did not deter him.” Why not? Training, for starters. In a crisis, you might freeze with disbelief or shock. Or you’re just as likely to flee for safety. To overcome that impulse, police and military personnel undergo exhaustive training involving moving, acting aggressively, concealment and targeting the suspect.  [full article]

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