|Taser: A Tool For Stopping Violent Criminals|
However, there is a distinct and predictable pattern here, expressed by the scientific formula: psycho + guns + numerous available targets = tragedy.
How can we keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill? That would surely decrease the number of mass murders. We could ban all guns, forcing nut jobs to use knives, swords, baseball bats or bombs instead. Then they might kill less (maybe more if bombs are used). In any case, a young female school teacher would still be at a severe disadvantage when a Lanza enters her classroom looking for targets. The size and strength differential between the teacher and psycho would be reduced to zero had the teacher a loaded gun.
The truth is, guns cannot be sufficiently banned to stop such incidents. Outlawing guns means the criminal will have a gun and you won't. What is needed is more guns, not less. Teachers should be packing. Anywhere there is a crowd of people -- in theaters, hospitals, schools and the shopping malls -- someone sane and trained needs to be armed and ready for psychos who show up with intent to kill.
Weapons for defense need not be limited to handguns. Perhaps stun guns or better yet, tasers, could be issued to teachers, head ushers, hospital guards and others in lieu of traditional firepower. Tasers can be used to floor someone from a distance, generally 15 feet for civilian tasers and 21 feet for police tasers. The problem is that you only get one shot and if you miss, you're likely to be dead. Still, a taser is a lot better than nothing. Discussion, experimentation, training and research are needed to increase the options for civilians in dangerous situations.
We cannot disarm the bad guys, but we can arm their potential victims, so the latter will have a fighting chance at survival.
Related Post: See Joseph Farah's article on How to Stop the Slaughter of Innocents.