How Many Gun Lovers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? It Wouldn't Need Changing if it Weren't in a Gun-Free Zone!


Is there any gun violence event that gun lovers won”t blame on not enough guns or a gun-free zone? President Reagan and three others shot by John Hinckley, Jr. in 1981? It was practically a gun-free zone–except for the Secret Service! The Pope shot two years later–where was security? Mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, LAX, Fort Hood, Columbine, Virginia Tech? Why didn”t they have armed civilians instead of armed guards?


The gun lobby”s relatively new meme of “gun-free” zone offends on many levels. It disses law enforcement personnel who risk and give their lives when gun violence breaks out. (Earlier this month, Elkhart, IN police saved the life of a store manager even as the gunman was poised to kill him.)


It insults the public”s casinos The reason the Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Navy Yard, LAX, Purdue and Maryland mall shootings happened is not because sick young men pass their background checks with flying colors often days before their rampages but because there weren”t George Zimmermans present!!


It flatters the gun lovers. These “tough guy” bullies deem themselves the REAL law enforcers not our trusted and trained law enforcement personnel. Shootings happen because the civilian paranoid corps is blocked, say the gun worshippers and we “only” have real law enforcement. It is reminiscent of the old bumper sticker, “If you hate the police, next time you”re in trouble call a hippie.”  Next time we”re in trouble let”s call George Zimmerman.




The “not enough guns” meme is embarrassingly transparent. Gun carriers and lovers are among the least brave, most cowardly people on earth. They are literally afraid to go places where children, old people and 100 lb. women go every day unless they have their lethal weapons! Yet they try to turn their cowardice, paranoia and lack of bravery into some kind of public service in which they are actually protecting you and me!  A good example is Curtis Reeves who allegedly saved the public from someone throwing popcorn in a Florida movie theater this month by shooting him dead. Good thing he had that gun to protect us! (Though clearly more guns are needed at the movies so good guys like Reeves can be shot if they turn into bad guys when shooting bad guys themselves. In fact, let”s hold movies on firing ranges and issue white and black hats just to be on the safe side.)


The “not enough guns” meme is nonsensical and delusional. Of 62 mass shootings in the United States since 1984, not one has been stopped by an armed civilian reports Mother Jones magazine including the Tucson shooting in gun friendly Arizona. Police do not want civilians involved in shootouts nor are cop wannabes even able to get out a shot in many cases as tested by a 20/20 experiment. Of course the gunosphere is full of anecdotes about someone”s brother-in-law”s roommate”s dog groomer who stopped a criminal by flashing his firepower and puffing his chest. Wheee! But they remain anecdotes. Like the fish that got away, the “enforcers” never seem to have a police report to back them up because they didn”t report the incident. Don”t they want to stop criminals?


The last danger with the “not enough guns” meme is verifiability. Most law-abiding “good guy” avengers are self-proclaimed. Chances are Darion Marcus Aguilar thought of himself as a good guy as he allegedly strode into the skate shop Zumiez yesterday and killed two. After all, he passed his background check! Cody Cousins probably also thought of himself as a good guy as he allegedly murdered teaching assistant and Eagle Scout Andrew Boldt at Purdue last week.



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