Rowell: Gun control issues will be raised again

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By Larry Rowell

The tragedy of the six shooting deaths and the 13 others wounded in Tucson, Arizona, will no doubt raise questions about gun control in the United States.
It was, without question, the work of someone who is unstable — how can this man kill six people and then go to jail, sit in a cell and have a smirk on his face?
One would think that gun sales would have declined in the wake of a tragedy like this.
Not in America.
In fact, Bloomberg Business News cites Federal Bureau of Investigation data showing that in Arizona, one-day gun sales were 60 percent higher on Monday than on the Monday before the incident.
Several other states showed a significant sales bump. And national sales increased about 5 percent.
It was speculated that purchasers of Glocks — the manufacturer of the gun used in Tucson — feared a ban on the handgun and therefore decided to stock up, just in case.
There are 270 million guns owned by private citizens in the United States. That translates to about 85 out of every 100 persons is a gun owner.
While not every one of those 85 gun owners will be licensed to carry a concealed deadly weapon, the National Rifle Association estimates that a small percentage will be toting a shooting iron.
Or, let’s say you’re sitting in a restaurant with about 75 diners. You can roughly calculate that there will be possibly five of those people who are carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
Now, I’m licensed to carry a concealed deadly weapon, and as a former law enforcement officer, I know how to use a pistol.
However, if I’m in a restaurant and a shooter enters with guns ablazin’, in returning fire, will some others who are also carrying a pistol mistake me for the shooter?
In many ways, I’m not comforted by the thought that as many as five people may be shooting at somebody that they believe to be the shooter.
On the other hand, one of us, legally carrying a handgun, will eventually put the shooter down.
Now, I have never had a desire to shoot anyone. I still believe that any two human beings can sit down and talk and work out most any problem.
But if it cannot be worked out, then that’s what attorneys and the courts are for. The point is, is there any problem that cannot be worked out without a loss of life?

Regardless, I’m thankful that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that law-abiding citizens have a right to carry a concealed weapon to protect themselves.

And that dear readers, is America at its best.