The fallacy of the good guy with a gun

As sad as the case is, the slaying of the District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife last month goes right against the NRA’s mantra that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

In the case at hand, we not only had a good guy with a gun, but a good guy who was a former military man. Someone who knew his life was threatened and was ready for a fight. He had training.

According to news reports, he even suspected where the threat was coming from… and he was right:  

The officer who signed the affidavit, sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Woodall, said he had learned from other officers and county employees that Hasse and McLelland both believed [Eric] Williams [a former justice of the peace whose legal and political career ended after a conviction for theft] blamed them for the loss of his job. The prosecutors carried handguns after the trial because they thought he was “a threat to their personal safety,” Woodall wrote.

So, we have someone who was a trained and who was alert. So alert, he even had placed loaded guns in strategic positions in his house and carried weapons when he walked his dog, according to news reports.

Police cars – you know, the police, those people who actually should be carrying guns – were parked in front of his house for two months, and nothing happened during that time. But the determined killer – who ended up not being either Mexican or a member of the Arian Brotherhood – came when the protection was gone.

And no good guy with a gun could stop him.

It is ironic that we learned about this strange twist on this story the same day the Senate rejected the expanded gun background check, because, apparently, what happened in the case of the murdered prosecutor is what we want for America: let’s have continuous shot outs and hope that the good guys win more often.

I am against the death penalty – I thought we had evolved from that, but apparently I was wrong – but, in all honesty, I wouldn’t have minded if McLelland had managed to stop or even killed that beast. And I am very sorry they are dead.

But I also think we cannot be shy to point out that more guns and guns everywhere is hardly the solution for bad guys with guns.

I wonder how this guy on probation got a gun, but I digress.

Perhaps background checks may stop a few bad guys from getting guns.

Truth be told, I am not going to pretend that I am a fan of the Second Amendment: things change and times change.

I certainly hope we do not aspire to a world in which walking our dog requires a weapon. 

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