The answer to firearm violence IS NIOT “moar gunz “ . This is self evident .Why , because the more firearms in circulation = more firearms in possession of the nefarious.
Take it from me , proficiency in firearms requires drill, drill, drill, drill , drill and more drill . Then more drill , drill , and drill . A mass killer , using an AR15 – in a fugue of hate – is certainly efficient , because he is in that fugue , and – therefore – knows nothing else , not even fear .
Few amateur civilians – no matter how well armed , no matter what weapon – could , in fear and surrounded by panic , summon the sheer cold hearted focus it requires to meet fire with fire , bullet for bullet . You couldn’t . And you need to admit it .
So what’s the answer ? Drilled , retained militias ? Who then , are the police ? Whither they ? Well , they are those whom – having volunteered as guardians – have sacrificed many of the civil liberties such as members of civilian militias rarely accede . Indeed , it may be fair to argue that membership of such a militia might lead many to assume greater liberties over this who they guard .
Who amongst us really believes that – regardless of our view of the police – any such civilian militia would be free of human failing – somehow less corruptible by power – than a government appointed , regulation constricted , police force? Yes , the police have failings – ANY POC will tell you that . But free of the checks and balances of law and code , the men – yes, for it will be MEN who take this role – you would have armed as your protection , would simply revert , and quickly , to asserting that that protection is an entitlement to droit de seigneur, and your obligation to submit .
Why is “moar gunz” self evidently not the answer ? 30k plus firearms deaths in the US . Every year . The sum in the UK doesn’t often surpass j digit numbers starting with 3 so – even accounting for population differentials – that figure should sober .
I have taken up arms , Because you cannot avoid tragedy and horror by making it statistically more likely , I suggest you do not .