NRA chief Wayne Lapierre recently held a news conference in which he proposed armed guards in all schools to prevent further gun massacres. Now in the movies the "good guy" always cleanly takes out the armed bad guy even in the middle of an area crowded with people. But what about real life situations? Columbine High School had an armed guard on duty on its campus grounds on the day of the shootings who traded shots with one of the shooters but was unable to prevent the massacre. Is NRA chief Wayne Lapierre being realistic, or has he been watching too many movies of "good guys" triumphing over "bad guys"?
Here's the perspective of a US Special Forces soldier on the NRA's solution:
In the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, a friend of mine who was a longtime Special Forces operator before he was wounded in Afghanistan summarized in an online posting the general position of the NRA and its supporters: "If everyone had a gun, people would be able to kill a shooter before he caused too much mayhem."
The operator also offered a highly skilled and experienced good guy's view of this notion:
"This, simply put, is bullshit," he wrote. "There are people who train night and day to be good at shooting bad guys in situations where there are innocents in close proximity and even those people screw up because a gunfight is not a shooting range. People are dying and screaming and there is blood and all that silly shit you 'think' you're going to do goes right out the window when you are in that crazy environment."
He further tendered his opinion of the high-capacity magazines that the NRA has fought so hard to keep on the market.
"There is no reason for a noncombatant citizen of our country to have a weapon that can shoot 30 rounds of ammunition. I have been in many gunfights in 'bona fide' war-zones and only a few times did I have to use that many bullets. If you are a hunter or a sports shooter, you don't need a 30-round magazine to do either of those things."
(The Daily Beast website. Web Link)