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When seconds count . . .

March 10, 2014 - Harry Eagar
The gun nuts are fond of saying that when seconds count, the police are minutes away. This is supposed to justify walking around armed all the time, because you just never know.

But is this correct? Is forewarned both armed and forearmed? What if the police are right there? What if they know trouble is coming? Is carrying heat the best protection?

Not if what happened in Fremont, Ohio, is any guide.

Read it and weep, but it looks as if a cop in a bar (presumably armed no matter what the gun carrying laws are for other people in Ohio) knew an angry guy was making trouble, but that was no protection for him, since Angry Guy just opened a side door and started shooting.

"Thoughtless reaction" -- as advocated by gun nut Cory Trapp (see "Equal Time for Gun Nuts," March 1) -- doesn't work if you are being assassinated from ambush, as it appears happened to Officer Chavez -- and to two other people.

If you add up all the people saved by gun mania and subtract all those, like Officer Chavez, killed by it, you get a pile of the slain, millions of them.

But the gun nuts are safe from argument. My father, a Catholic, used to use a term from the medieval church about people like that -- invincible ignorance. In the view of theologians, invincible ignorance is a get-out-of-hell-free card in the sin business.

Kinda cold comfort up here, though, if you are among the holocaust of the slain (or merely maimed) sacrificed to the Moloch of the Second Amendment.


Article Comments



Mar-11-14 6:10 PM

Seems that one also forgets the Government is of the people, by the people and for the people. The very one who says the government cannot be trusted is the one person or the one people.


Mar-11-14 6:08 PM

I know of one person I am not voting for. Contrary Mary.

One who served in the military should disarm. Samething what President Obama says about down sizing the military. One should go in with a simple metal detactor but had to ride a Buffalo to disarm IEDs. Yet they got blown up. Shell shocked brain.


Mar-11-14 3:26 PM

If we add up all the people killed by the government and add up all the people killed by private gun owners, government takes the cake by orders of magnitude.

I would support gun control if we apply this principle equally toward the military and police. EVERYONE should disarm.


Mar-11-14 3:12 PM

Because our government can't be trusted with that kind of power.

When we live in a world where governments aren't corrupt and don't abuse power then maybe we can talk about gun control.


Mar-10-14 7:57 PM

What does it matter whether any of the people involved were citizens?

Other countries manage to get along without arming the least stable 30% of the population with firearms. Why can't we?


Mar-10-14 7:03 PM

Ban the bullets used in guns. Gun owners can own guns but not fire them without any bullets.


Mar-10-14 6:41 PM

Missing from the story is "angry guy is not a US citizen and angry guy first punched the police officers wife in the face - then came back and shot everyone".This is comical, you act as if we could ban guns then all of the gun violence would end. What's the old saying "if you outlaw guns then only outlaws will have guns".


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