Originally Posted by kool kat2
Good point. However, if by some dumb luck someone with a gun is standing in the sae area as the maniac and has time to draw the weapon, he may be able to take out the bad guy before too much damage is done.
Here in Utah, we have a shopping center called Trolley Square. There was a violent incident and the police arrived. They warned people to stay away. The cops arrived and all they knew is someone with a gun was hurting people.
The police did not know what was going on and they did not want to shoot an innocent person who might be there to help.
I think that idea must be part of all such discussions. People with guns could stop the insanity, but when the police arrive on the scene, they do not know who is who or what is going on.
Perhaps a police officer can chime in. I think in such cases, it can be a real fear because the police do not know the players. Eventually a cop will shoot someone trying to help and it will be one more reason to ban guns, in the eyes of many.
I recall reading something about a Russian case many decades ago. As I recall, there was a fire set by the bad people. As family members and help arrived, a gunman started shooting. The fire was apparently set specifically to bring scared people to the fire in an effort to help and they were shot.
This happened in 1920 or so as I recall.