In a post on the Norway killings, I said maybe this wouldn’t have happened in a place where open and concealed carry is legal. Sue and others took exception to this, saying a lunatic can kill lots of people in a short time regardless if others are armed. As for there being no rifles at the camp, apparently it was in a peaceful area on an island with no animal predators. Why would they need a rifle? And no one could have foretold what happened.
Legal carry of handguns could be a problem in heavily urban areas. Let’s say a psycho starts shooting at people on a crowded sidewalk in Phoenix and several others draw their legal handguns and shoot at him. There could be considerable collateral damage.
Someone close to Sue and I recently killed himself in what apparently was a tragic handgun accident. He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. At a family reunion a while back we played a gag game and one question was, How many people here have accidentally discharged a handgun indoors. Several sheepishly raised their hands, including a Marine colonel. Guns can be dangerous to their owners too.
The data about gun laws vs crime is murky at best. Various studies have differing conclusions. What do you think?