This is a story about the best kind of mass shooting. . . .
. . . the kind that was prevented by an armed citizen before it could even take place.
That’s right. This is the kind of story that doesn’t make national news, and even when it does, the anti-gun mediaites refuse even to mention the role of the concealed-carrying citizen. Sickeningly dishonest.
A disgruntled man was demanding a church help him because his children had recently been taken away from him. When the church could do nothing, the guy took it personally, informed the pastor to call a TV station, then left.
The church suspected something was up. The man returned during church service. The pastor’s grandson witnessed him pulling a shotgun from his trunk. They immediately locked the church doors. The man persisted. He eventually kicked his way through. It was an almost certain tragedy. Except.
Except, the grandson was also carrying a concealed handgun. When the offender burst through the door, he was immediately met by the business end of a defensive handgun and told to stop.
Startled, he froze. That’s when a half dozen men, including the 71-year old pastor, jumped on him and took the shotgun away. He was held until the sheriff arrived, and then the perpetrator was hauled off.
Every time a shooting occurs like the recent one at Umpqua Community College, liberal politicians and pundits start blaming the guns and calling for laws to restrict gun ownership and carry. It’s about the dumbest correlation that could be made. Guns don’t kill people. Hateful, vengeful, envious, and deranged people kill people. It situations where a deranged individual intends harm, he or she will do it no matter what laws are on the books. In these situations, guns are not the problem, they are the best solution to the problem. They are the best prevention.
The simple fact is this: guns save lives, and they do so frequently. And since guns save lives, Christians should consider gun ownership, skill, and carry as pro-life issues. Anyone who wishes to take away or limit guns is anti-life.
In addition to this, consider a few facts:
First, the gunman at this church brandished a shotgun—not a handgun or the legendary “assault rifle.” No amount of the kind of gun restrictions liberals continually propose would have touched this case or prevented the potential tragedy. On the contrary, it was a handgun that prevented the danger.
Lesson: guns prevent crimes. Guns save lives.
Second, the gunman here was already a convicted felon, and thus was already legally forbidden to own or carry a gun.
Lesson: gun laws don’t stop criminals from getting guns. Gun laws prevent innocent people from arming themselves against criminals, and thus gun laws are pro-crime and anti-life.
Every time a shooting like Umpqua occurs, conservatives rightly point these things out. Liberals retort with dismissive skepticism: when has concealed carry ever stopped a mass shooting, they demand. On this they are willfully ignorant.
The story outlined above is just one of several mass shootings that were (very likely) prevented. Eugene Volokh lists several more here. He also rightly notes that mass shooting incidents make up less than one percent of the homicide rate. Guns can also help prevent much of the other 99 percent as well, not to mention other violent crimes.
Now, liberals and other misanthropes may argue that we don’t know for certain that in such cases a mass shooting was prevented. Since the gunman in the church, for example, did not actually follow through with any actions, we cannot accurately say it would have been a mass killing, and thus it is wrong to say that a mass shooting was in fact prevented. Well, it is admittedly impossible to tell exactly what would have happened, but the setting makes it pretty well likely, doesn’t it? And arguments like this make our point for us anyway: whatever was going to happen, it didn’t happen. It was prevented. When handguns and defensive weapons are in place, mass shootings can be prevented.
And thus this is the best type of mass shooting: the ones that never happen to begin with. And the ones that never happen to begin with will only not happen when there is lethal defensive force in position to stop it when it does.
Christians who are concerned with tragedies like this need to take gun ownership, training, and concealed carry seriously. It is an investment of time and money, but it is one that saves lives. One could argue that for the capable, and certainly for those who have souls in their care, it is a duty.
Concealed carry is a pro-life issue. Christians need to treat it as such.