I am opening threads on firearms policy this week in parallel with the Virginian Pilot’s series on gun control to provide a forum for those with ideas that are more complex than the 750 character comment section there will allow.
There are really two classes of firearms issues, the armed citizen as a check on government power, and guns as an factor in crime and self defense.
Regarding guns and crime, I will state that when bad things happen, even the best police response takes several minutes, while the issue will be decided in seconds. Police will arrive in time to draw the white lines around the bodies and investigate the crime, and perhaps punish the guilty, but that will be of scant comfort to the dead, wounded and their families.
When criminals, madmen or terrorists strike, we live or die based on what those already on the scene are prepared to do to defend themselves and others. Government should create no barriers to law abiding citizens who wish to arm themselves for their defense and that of others.