Believing that you can momentarily become John Mcclane to stop a mass shooting is pure fantasy
For the past few years, the NRA’s talking point on how to stop mass shootings has been to have a good guy present with a gun. The more good guys with guns available to step in the better. Nothing to do with the gun sales they are paid to protect and increase, they’re just looking out for everyone’s safety.
That particular “good guy” talking point has nothing to do with facts either. According to a study of the past 62 mass shootings over the last 30 years conducted by Mother Jones (shootings with at least four fatalities), there has never been an instance where a mass shooting was stopped by armed civilians. Furthermore, not a single case includes evidence that the killer chose a place because it banned guns.
The idea that a good guy can suddenly morph into John Mcclane, James Bond or Rambo in order to avert a bigger massacre is pure Hollywood fantasy. It’s easy to understand why the NRA loves to go back to this myth. If Hollywood heroism can sell movie tickets, it can surely use the fantasy to help sell guns.
Following the last mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Quiet Mike contributor Chad R. MacDonald created a meme with a simple premise. Over the photo of a SWAT team read the words: It took 23 of these guy to stop the San Bernardino shooters, an average gun owner would have made no difference.
The meme went viral reaching over 2.5 million people on Facebook alone. Its success brought with it plenty of good exposure along with a list of insults and death threats at a rate this site has never experienced.
After filtering through the filth, it seemed the gun enthusiasts were still clinging on to the hero with a gun fantasy, all of them thinking they could play the hero. All of them acting tough as nails without the bullets actually whizzing past them. Luckily for us there was some semblance of intelligence among them.
Before he was all but forced to delete his comment thanks to the harassment of gun bullies, the best of the lot was by a serviceman who basically said even live fire exercises can make a brave man whimper.
We’re all brave until we’re faced with a life and death situation. It’s quite easy actually. If I imagine the cashier at my store getting robbed at gun point, I don’t even have to use a gun to stop him. I just casually, like the Quiet Mike ninja I am, walk over to him and knock him over the head with whatever is within reach. I grab his gun, point it at him while I rest one foot on his back, the redhead jumps over the counter into my other arm and all while the rest of the store celebrates their new hero. Damn I’m good.
The point is, words are just words. If I really believed this scenario was the least bit realistic or possible, I’d have to classify myself as being insane. Perhaps that’s how gun nuts get their name. Regardless, with all the panic, confusion and bullets flying at your head, how is taking down a mass shooter any more realistic? You’re just as likely to get shot by the cops who would mistake you for the main shooter.
So for all you vigilant action hero wannabes, remember Hollywood is fake and so is the BS that the NRA feeds you in order to sell more guns. It takes more than just one lucky shot to take down someone in full body armor. Hopefully none of you will have to find that out the hard way.