November 4, 2017, 9 PM Eastern. As I write this, the gigantic (and potentially violent) rallies announced for today by the Refuse Fascism group seem to have been the proverbial tempest in a teapot, drawing as few or fewer people than the pathetic turnouts of the anti-gun “Million Mom March” fiascos. Reader Liberal Dave, who predicted such, has every right to gloat, and all of us have a right to be thankful.
In other news, the other night a vicious SOB walked into the WalMart in Thornton, Colorado (near Denver), started shooting people, then suddenly and inexplicably turned and fled. When I heard the first news bulletin on that, I told the Evil Princess I was surprised that in Colorado, there weren’t some armed citizens who pulled guns of their own to fight back.
As things developed, it turned out that there were.
According to reports, several law-abiding Coloradans did indeed whip out their concealed carry handguns.
And, the gunman broke off his attack and fled, to be captured later.
The anti-gun Los Angeles Times sniffed that since armed citizens didn’t kill the guy, and cops had to determine who were the good guys and the bad guys with guns when they reviewed the multiple WalMart security cameras, those armed citizens had merely confused things and slowed down the investigation: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-wal-mart-shooting-20171103-story.html .
Lots of folks on the Second Amendment side think it’s very likely more than coincidence that a multiple murderer stopped shooting and un-assed the scene at the same time people drew guns to defend themselves against him. I wonder if it’s also a coincidence that so many other mass murders have come to an abrupt end, one way or the other, as soon as the mass murderer met armed resistance or saw it about to happen.
My view? Not enough information has yet been released for the public to draw a solid conclusion. By one account, those who drew guns were in another part of the store when the gunfire broke out, and the bad guy couldn’t have seen them and been deterred by them. Well…if that’s the case, we have to wonder why police investigators would be confused, since the guy firing a gun at the shooting scene would be clearly apparent and readily distinguishable from other people in another location drawing guns they didn’t shoot anyone with, and apparently, didn’t even fire at all.
I think I’ll wait for more information, including what comes out of interrogation and investigation of the man in custody who police believe did the killing. Everyone who was present at that large homicide scene, including the parking lot when the killer made entry, has to be interviewed. That’s gonna take time, too. Did the killer target three specific people, shoot them, and then leave because he felt his sick mission was accomplished? It’s a possibility, though witnesses described him as apparently shooting at random.
What appears to be incontrovertible at this time is that none of those armed citizens shot the wrong person the way the Prohibitionists predicted they would in such a situation. And…none of those people who drew defensive firearms got shot.
AND…the bare bones show the killer started shooting victims, more potential victims drew guns, and the killer broke off his attack and fled.