So much bluster and noise regarding firearms these days. Like everyone with any sense of decency and compassion I was shocked and horrified by the events that unfolded in Colorado. However I do not under any circumstances believe the actions of some psychopath warrant further infringement on the rights of law abiding citizens. If anything, these type of events tell me that MORE people should be carrying as a daily routine. One or two properly trained and armed citizens in that Aurora theater could have drastically changed the outcome. Sure, there would most likely have been wounded and possibly killed patrons but I'd be willing to bet the numbers would have been greatly reduced. As a bonus, the perpetrator might have left the scene in a bag rather than cuffs, saving the residents of Colorado untold piles of tax money in the prosecution and subsequent incarceration of this subhuman. Even if he spends 23 hours a day in a cell for the rest of his rotten life, it's far more than he deserves and adds insult to injury to those that have to pay for it.
The fact of the matter is that it's much too late to "control" firearms. There are millions of them in the U.S. alone and anyone that thinks some legislation is going to make them suddenly go away and make the world a safer place is living in fantasy land. The genie is out of the bottle folks and there is NO WAY anyone is going to get it back in there. People that want a gun to commit a crime aren't going to go through legal channels to get one and those that want one for protecting themselves or their family FROM the criminals will be thrown to the wolves if legal firearms are outlawed. Guns are tangible items - they physically exist. They aren't going to magically disappear no matter how many vigils you attend. Yes, they are dangerous in the wrong hands, but a fact of life none-the-less. Car accidents, food poisoning and even surgeries kill people - should automobiles, food and medical care be outlawed too?
If you are fortunate enough to live in a place where a CCW permit is readily available, I urge you to get yours. Then practice until you are proficient with your tool. It's one of the things on the top of my "to do " list once I get out of California. I'll take a fighting chance over being a powerless victim any day.
Stay safe out there folks and take care of yourselves. No one else is going to.
As always, thanks for reading.