Further gun restrictions not only would not prevent tragedies like Newtown, but would make them more frequent and more deadly, because law-abiding citizens would be left defenseless. Moonbats will screech, “Oh yeah? How come we don’t hear about armed civilians stopping massacres?” There are several reasons:
• Massacres don’t happen every day.
• Not enough people exercise their right to bear arms.
• Carriers do not necessarily have an opportunity to fire, as in the Clackamas mall shooting.
• The statist and rabidly anti–Second Amendment “mainstream” media is hardly likely to draw attention to such cases.
Nonetheless, The Volokh Conspiracy lists a few cases of armed citizens who were not off-duty cops possibly saving lives by terminating massacres:
In Pearl, Mississippi in 1997, 16-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed and bludgeoned to death his mother at home, then killed two students and injured seven at his high school. As he was leaving the school, he was stopped by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, who had gone out to get a handgun from his car. I have seen sources that state that Woodham was on the way to Pearl Junior High School to continue shooting, though I couldn’t find any contemporaneous news articles that so state.
In Edinboro, Pennsylvania in 1996, 14-year-old Andrew Wurst shot and killed a teacher at a school dance, and shot and injured several other students. He had just left the dance hall, carrying his gun — possibly to attack more people, though the stories that I’ve seen are unclear — when he was confronted by the dance hall owner James Strand, who lived next door and kept a shotgun at home. …
In Winnemucca, Nevada in 2008, Ernesto Villagomez killed two people and wounded two others in a bar filled with three hundred people. He was then shot and killed by a patron who was carrying a gun (and had a concealed carry license). …
In Colorado Springs in 2007, Matthew Murray killed four people at a church. He was then shot several times by Jeanne Assam, a church member, volunteer security guard, and former police officer.
I almost forgot the No. 1 reason you don’t hear of these cases more often. Uncoincidentally, literally every single public mass shooting since at least 1950 with the sole exception of the attack on Gabrielle Giffords has occurred in a gun-free zone — a.k.a. a helpless victim zone.
On tips from Bob Roberts, AC, and Michael P.