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What If Vicki Soto Had Been Armed?

After more than a decade of exploding gun ownership – and the accompanying and indisputable plunge in violent crime, including those committed with guns that accompanied it – the formula, more guns = less crime – has been proven.  Only liberals dwelling in the parts of America that still preach and practice strict gun control, where “fewer guns = more crime,” continue to argue the contrary.

In the years since the Supreme Court, in the 2008 case, District of Columbia vs. Heller, overturned Washington, D.C.’s notoriously strict gun ban, not only has the skyrocketing murder rates the liberals predicted failed to materialize.  Homicide rates have declined and are now below 100 annually – a rate not seen since 1963.  One reasonably can look forward to similar results, now that an appeals court has overturned Chicago’s equally draconian concealed-weapons ban.

Yet liberals, against all evidence to the contrary – and all evidence is to the contrary – are not above exploiting the latest tragedy, the massacre of 26 people, mostly children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, to argue, once again, that the appropriate defense against deranged shooters, such as Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, is to make their task easier by reducing the likelihood that the next Adam Lanza – and let us all pray that there never is another – will face a law-abiding citizen possessing the means – i.e., a gun – to him.

As we recall in passing that Timothy McVeigh needed only a truckload of fertilizer to murder more than six times as many innocents as Adam Lanza did, let us lament that Liberals will never admit what is so obvious to the rest of us:  that no amount of gun control legislation will prevent a mass murderer from obtaining a gun and that the only defense against such a person is a law-abiding person, also with a gun.

That certainly was the case at Sandy Hook, where Adam Lanza shot to death 26 people, 20 of them children – right up until the very moment that “Lanza shot himself when he heard police coming.” (emphasis mine)

And the same thing happened in the Columbine Shooting, where (emphasis mine) “[t]he killers committed suicide around the time the makeshift elite team finally entered.”  As at Sandy Hook, the instant the shooters became aware of the presence of good men, with guns, not only did the carnage stop, but the perpetrators took their own lives, essentially acting as judge, jury and executioners on themselves and saving the communities the trouble and expense of doing the job themselves.

All well and good, but there’s a more important point to be made here:

Authorities said they found multiple 30-round magazines and hundreds of bullets at the school, enough ammunition on him to carry out significant additional carnage.

Imagine how many more lives would have been lost, had the good men with their guns arrived five minutes later.

And imagine how many fewer lives would have been lost, had the good men with their guns arrived five minutes sooner.

But most of all, imagine how many lives, perhaps even all of them, would have been saved if Vicki Soto, the heroic 27-year-old teacher, who lost her life when she placed her body between the muzzle of the madman’s gun and her young students, had had a gun.  Imagine what would, and would not have happened, had any of the adults who found themselves in the same room with Adam Lanza on Friday, been armed?

Of course, we can never know for sure, but given the denouements at Columbine and Sandy Hook, and at a similar occurrence, coincidentally, on the same day as the Sandy Hook shooting at an Oregon mall, the odds would seem very good that most and perhaps even all of Adam Lanza’s 26 victims would be alive, and Lanza would be dead, most likely by his own hand.

And while I’m asking questions, let me close with another:  We have read much about Nancy Lanza, Adam’s mother and, sadly, his first victim.  But where was Peter Lanza, this troubled and mentally ill boy’s father?  He was nowhere, having divorced Nancy in 2009 and since remarried.

Adam Lanza, a psychologically damaged young man, raised from age 17 in a single-parent home, without a father.

Liberals seeking the “root cause” of the tragedy at Sandy Hook are encouraged to begin their search there.  And after they’ve done that, they might talk to the ACLU, which was instrumental in overturning a Connecticut law that would have mandated the treatment that Adam Lanza so desperately, and obviously, needed.

Comments 3

  1. Daniel wrote:

    Gene,

    Nobody in their right mind is asking for a ban on all guns. But what are your thoughts on at least banning high capacity gun magazines? Where is the evidence that these make our country safer?

    Daniel

    Posted 27 Dec 2012 at 5:21 am
  2. Gene Schwimmer (@GeneSchwimmer) wrote:

    You have it backwards. To get to the right question, note first that when the Supreme Court in 2009 decided the Heller case, affirmed the right to bear arms as an individual right and overturning Washington D.C.’s ban on handgun ownership, the anti-gun zealots predicted an increase in handgun deaths. But what actually happened? D.C.’s murder rate has just dropped below 100 for the first time since 1963 ( http://washingtonexaminer.com/d.c.-murders-fall-below-triple-digits-first-time-since-1963/article/2515584). And this is just the latest example. Gun ownership has exploded over the past decade, while crime and murder rates have plummeted nationwide.

    So now we can ask the correct question: Where is the evidence that high capacity magazines make our country less safe? The answer is no.

    As for my feelings on high capacity magazines, I want want my magazines to hold the number of rounds equal to the absolute maximum number any criminal can obtain, anywhere in the world, plus one.

    Posted 27 Dec 2012 at 6:49 am
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