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The one thing that could help.

Megan, you overlooked one obvious thing that could help. 

More regular, sane, well-adjusted people who are well trained in the use of firearms should be allowed to carry them concealed, in public.

The reason the shooters pick malls, schools, restaurants and the like is that they know noone in any of these places will offer them any resistance. Because we have in our "wisdom" banned guns from these places - even by non-crazies. So when crazy shows up to a school there is *no way to stop it*.

The meme is "Noone has ever committed a mass murder at a gun show." But it's truth. These shooters are, fundamentally, cowards. They want easy victims, and as you say, a sense of power. So they're going to go to places where we have banned guns and know they will get to exercise that power without resistance. Places that might resist won't give them the sense of power.

The obvious solution you overlook, is to encourage, educate, and allow more people to defend themselves in public with firearms. This actually occurs every day in this country, regular people stop crimes and cut short possible shooting sprees with concealed carry weapons - but we don't allow this in schools. One or two teachers with a weapon at Newtown could have cut short the Newtown spree before so many were killed.

You are quick to blame the gun, but then ignore the fact that is your own fear of guns and your own policies that have turned schools into killing zones with no defenses.

If you acknowledge evil, but then prohibit people from defending themselves from it, you're part of the problem.

Just for once, I'd like a liberal to admit one of their policy ideas was stupid and to change their mind. But I suppose I'll grow old and die before that happens.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/17/there-s-little-we-can-do-to-prevent-another-massacre.html

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