More Copycat Killings and a Proposal.
Posted by Mike O on December 10, 2007
Well, we now have our first copycats from the mall shootings in the Colorado church killings. These were pretty well guaranteed after the News Media gave the mall shooter exactly what he wanted; fame. Others want fame and- since notoriety is now as good as fame for good deeds in our valueless society- they’ll copy the mall killer. These killings, like the shootings that followed the Virginia Tech murders, fall to some degree on today’s merger of notoriety and fame into celebrity and the merchants of this crazed notion, the modern media.
It is unknown at this time if the two church shootings are related, but its ending should be most illustrative to the people concerned about this. It also shows a possible answer. The shooter who died I’m sure never expected to run into an armed individual in a church. ‘Oh My God; someone had a gun in a church?’ will be the reaction of many. If he hadn’t, how many else would be dead?
My first recommendation is that every state pass a Conceal Handgun law; one that requires not only a full background check, but also a significant amount of training. In Texas, I feel the training requirement (10 hours) should be doubled. But every state should have a similar law.
Then, if any business (except bars and clubs) wants to enhance security very cheaply, all it has to do is place very large, prominent signs near all entrances with the following, then abide by its contents:
All Concealed Carry License holders Are Welcome!
Show your Concealed Carry License and Receive 5% off!
This will be looked at by the gun control types as asinine, but it’s not. Do you think for one minute someone looking for victims would try anything in such a place? Nearly every person who makes the effort to obtain a Concealed Handgun License is an upstanding citizen and take the responsibility very seriously. Many of the anti-gun types would be shocked of how few gun owners actually do get a CHL (or whatever it’s called in any given state); In Texas, one of the most pro-gun states around, only 1% of the population has gone through the process. And many do not carry most of the time; a sign like that would increase the tendency to carry more routinely. It’s enough to be an intimidating, unknown force.
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