Where are all the 'good guys with guns' in shootings?

April 8, 2014 

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FILE PHOTO Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), speaks at a news conference at the Willard Hotel, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT

OLIVIER DOULIERY — MCT

After the Newtown shooting, Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association, said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Therefore, SB 968 and HB 753 have been introduced into the Florida Legislature to allow "trained officials" to carry weapons in order to protect children in our schools. Sounds reasonable, right?

If that is the case, where were the "good guys with guns" Wednesday at Fort Hood? Certainly, there were plenty of armed military and civilian personnel at this installation in the state of Texas that could have, as Wayne LaPierre likes to say, "taken him out." He killed himself after shooting 17 people, killing three of them. Perhaps the "good guys" there saw that a shoot-out could kill even more innocent people.

What about police officers, the "good guys with guns," who are killed at routine traffic stops? Even the "good guys" are taken by surprise at times.

Where were the "good guys with guns" when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, six people were killed, and 19 others injured in Arizona, where "open carry" reigns? The shooter was not "taken down" by a "good guy with a gun," but was physically overpowered when he stopped to reload. Was there no one carrying a gun in the area, or if there was, perhaps a would-be "good guy" recognized that his weapon was no match for the shooter's weapon?

As for SB 968 and HB 753, representatives for the Florida School Board Association and the PTA have opposed the bills. Perhaps they don't share the NRA's conviction that "good guys with guns" can guarantee our children's safety.

Sharon Reuter

Bradenton

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