Myth of the Hero Gunslinger

Back to Tucson. On the day of the shooting, a young man named Joseph Zamudio was leaving a drugstore when he saw the chaos at the Safeway parking lot. Zamudio was armed, carrying his 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. Heroically, he rushed to the scene, fingering his weapon, ready to fire.

“When everyone is carrying a firearm, nobody is going to be a victim,” said Arizona state representative Jack Harper, after a gunman had claimed 19 victims.

“I wish there had been one more gun in Tucson,” said an Arizona Congressman, Rep. Trent Franks, implying like Harper that if only someone had been armed at the scene, Jared Lee Loughner would not have been able to unload his rapid-fire Glock on innocent people.

In fact, several people were armed. So, what actually happened? As Zamudio said in numerous interviews, he never got a shot off at the gunman, but he nearly harmed the wrong person — one of those trying to control Loughner.

From Myth of the Hero Gunslinger

Can someone on the more guns side point to an incident where a person with a concealed weapon prevented a crime or prevented escalation of violence? That’s the claim people keep making; clearly there should be ample evidence that this does occur. Right?

Rep. Peter King wants gun control for Peter King

Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official, according to a person familiar with the congressman’s intentions.

From Has Rep. Peter King actually come up with a decent idea on gun control?

Peter King wants gun control for Peter King. He wants the state to ban guns around him. But not for say…schools or hospitals? State parks? The only gun-free zones should be around Rep. King. And presumably his family, friends and coworkers.

Rep. Peter King wants gun control for Peter King

Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official, according to a person familiar with the congressman’s intentions.

From Has Rep. Peter King actually come up with a decent idea on gun control?

Peter King wants gun control for Peter King. He wants the state to ban guns around him. But not for say…schools or hospitals? State parks? The only gun-free zones should be around Rep. King. And presumably his family, friends and coworkers.

Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric

Gregg Harper (R-MS) told Politico that he hunts Democrats. Asked about the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, he said, “We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”

From Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric

I’m not saying there are no nut jobs on the left. But these are candidates for office. They must be held to a higher standard for both action and rhetoric than the standard we hold for semi-anonymous chat on the net.

Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric

Gregg Harper (R-MS) told Politico that he hunts Democrats. Asked about the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, he said, “We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”

From Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric

I’m not saying there are no nut jobs on the left. But these are candidates for office. They must be held to a higher standard for both action and rhetoric than the standard we hold for semi-anonymous chat on the net.