The Good Guy With a Gun and the Golden Minute.
At this point, there can be no question that preventing a single murder from morphing into a mass killing, requires the timely arrival of a good guy with a gun who is willing to use it. Let’s call that the “Golden Minute.” Monday in Nashville, Tennessee proved that as yet another school shooting, this time with a mentally disordered person taking out her issues on innocents, 3 adults and elementary school children.
According to ABC News
A shooter armed with two assault-style rifles and a handgun killed three students and three staff members at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday morning, authorities said.
The suspect was shot and killed by authorities in a lobby area on the second floor of the school roughly 14 minutes after the 911 call was placed, according to police.
CNN Reports (emphasis mine)
Police said the shooting was targeted, closely planned and outlined in documents from the shooter.
Hale left writings pertaining to the shooting and had scouted a second possible attack location in Nashville, “but because of a threat assessment by the suspect – there’s too much security – decided not to,” Drake said on Monday.
Several things stand out from this incident. I’ll focus on two. One: the shooter apparently selected this school because it was the softer of all the targets she had checked out. Two: the police arrived within minutes and immediately began to “march to the sound of the guns,” killing the shooter within 14 minutes of the 9-1-1 call for help. The death toll was thusly limited to 6. This was a stark difference from how matters were handled in Uvalde, Texas, where the police response was say, less than heroic.
So, what can we take away here? Simple. There is a reason mass killers choose gun free zones. They want to murder the greatest number of people in the shortest possible time. In a gun free zone, governments and sometimes even private entities use the force of law to preclude effective resistance, relying on a rapid response from police forces. There’s a huge problem with that. As daytime radio pundit David Webb** says, “If you surrender your rights, you’ve relegated your safety to police response time.“
The above is most certainly not to disparage law enforcement. Law Enforcement did a stellar job in Nashville. Like most of the men and women in that profession I have had the privilege to work with these warriors, who despite their own personal risk, “ran to the sound of the guns,” and dispatched the shooter before she could kill more innocents.
But, that’s not the point. In mass shootings, the critical issue is time. It is borderline axiomatic that no matter how many gun laws we enact or how many unconstitutional federal regulations a President signs off on (Bump Stock Ban) none of these can ever prevent a determined killer from gaining access to a firearm and getting off that first shot. Leftist platitudes notwithstanding, that’s the way it is. Period. Full Stop. The critical time element spans from that first shot until the first “good guy with a gun” shows up. The time it takes for that good guy to show up is inversely proportional to the casualty count. On multiple occasions, a speedy arrival has limited a possible mass casualty event, to one or two victims. It’s self-evident that the quickest a good guy can show up is if he is already there.
There are a couple of ways to ensure such instant arrival of the good guy with a gun. These are options that put an armed citizen able to respond, within that Golden Minute before a single casualty becomes a mass murder. The first is pretty common—armed security officers. You see this at many government facilities. In certain situations, this might be the preferred solution. However, this solution is not universally practical or necessarily even desirable.
There is the added expense and, possibly worse, forcing citizens to undergo an airport-style screening in order to go to the movies. Most importantly, it abdicates the responsibility every adult American has for his own protection, that of his family and his fellow citizens.
The other way to ensure instant arrival of the good guy is lawful concealed and/or open carry by law-abiding adult citizens who have not been adjudicated mentally or criminally incompetent to do so by a judge. Gun free zones preclude this possibility. By force of law, they prohibit adult citizens from defending themselves, their neighbors, and, in the case of schools, the children in their charge. As in the December 2015 shooting in San Bernardino with 14 dead, a gun free zone allowed killers to ply their evil trade in a leisurely fashion, even having time to reload in order to continue their mayhem.
It’s time we as Conservatives publicly and loudly rebuke the liberal left along with their RINO enablers. We need to call them out in simple, clear language. We need to demand the left be accountable for their continued desire to prescribe solutions that not only don’t work but take away our right to self-defense and cause needless deaths. It’s time we look them in the eye and instead of acting as though their policy is a legitimate political position, start ascribing malice to them.
Next time, we’ll discuss how starting with individual, constitutional liberty from the top down, and government response from the bottom up, will provide a much better and more flexible solution than any one-sized fits all approach that requires big government to enact.
For more discussion, read: Most Assault Weapons…Aren’t
** You can find David Webb on Sirius XM 125, M-F 9:00-Noon.
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