Why do they do this .
And every Tom, Dick and Harry has the right to bear arms, apparently. The guns don't kill people argument doesn't really hold water in my
opinion. It would have been much easier to disable an assailant carrying a knife than a gun for example.
If you allow such ease of access to weapons of destruction then you have to accept the fact that some good people are going to be destroyed in the process.
Though, to be fair, it's not the first time a pastor was killed at an altar (Romero, anyone?) nor are guns always involved... 1170 springs to mind.
As we've seen today sadly, someone with a gun can take out several lives in a short space of time - even when the guns were held legally in a country
with tight restrictions about who has access to guns.
People intent on killing can assassinate more people, from a greater distance, if they have a gun in their hand.
Probably one of those religious fanatics. Do you think the Middle East has cornered the market on them?
I do wonder which posters really read the article though. He killed one with the gun but wounded 2 with a knife. So should we ban knives along with guns?
Secondly, he was standing at the pulpit in fron of the Pastor. Is that killing at long range? I just hate it when people take an article and try to put their own spin on it.
The comments I made were about the ability of gunmen in general to kill many from a distance, particularly in view of what happened in Germany this
week and in other schools in the past.
There is no spin.
People die in greater numbers when somebody goes out of control with a gun in their hand.
As a Scot whose daughter is the same age as the murdered Dunblane 5 year olds would have been, you will never get me to agree that owning guns and
being prepared to murder or be murdered is a good thing...
The anniversary of this shocking event is in fact this week and Scots have not forgotten.
It does seem strange that, in a country where there is a large preponderance of legal gun ownership, there also seems to be a much greater death rate of innocent victims of deranged gunmen and criminals than in countries where legal gun ownership is far more tightly controlled. We've had this discussion many times in the past, no one is going to convince the "pro gun" lobby any more than they are going to convince those of us who are, perhaps, a little more rational (tongue firmly in cheek on the last comment, ok!)
Happened just down the road from here earlier this week
15-30 minutes depending on how many call outs they get I suppose as we are pretty rural. However as the person who breaks into my house is unlikely to
have a gun themselves it's not quite as urgent as in your society.
My neighbour called in a knife fight in the middle of the night a few months ago. The police got here in 10 minutes and one of the young men was locked up for a few months. He's what we might call a bad'un but the truth is that even in his baddest moments he doesn't have access to the kinds of weapons that kill en masse at a distance.
I can also defend myself, I just don't need a gun to do it here.
Our local copper is only a couple of minutes away, if she is in town. If, out on patrol, the next nearest is about 20 minutes away.
On the event which prompted this thread--I would like to observe how fortunate that the killer's gun jammed after only a single death--and that, a man well-prepared to meet his Maker. Might the Lord, or one of His angels, have directly intervened here? I do not know it to be so, but neither will I be surprised if I someday learn that it was so.