It may seem insane, because it is insane, but in the wake of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France, some gun fetishists protested that the cartoonists should have been armed.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, right?
The bad news is a group in Texas thought it would be classy to simulate the Charlie Hebdo attack. The good news is they discredited their own cause.
Only two of the 12 volunteers were able to take out one of the two gunmen in the simulations, according to KTVT. The only volunteer who survived the simulation ran away from the scene. […]
“Suffice it to say, things did not go well for the faux victims when a single armed defender faced a two-person terrorist team armed with rifles,” Farago wrote.
Time and time again, the armed civilian “dies” – shot by a round that marks him or her with paint. […]
Twelve volunteers participated in the exercise. Only one survived after running away. No one was able to take out both shooters.
12 armed civilians who have no training and no experience weren’t able to take out two trained gunmen?
This trial was conducted in a controlled environment and the armed civilians knew what was going to happen. In a real world setting, the outcome could have been even worse. Worst yet, in a real world setting the untrained and inexperienced armed civilians could accidentally shoot each other in a crossfire.
I doubt the gun fetishist response will be to back down from their call to arm everyone. I imagine their response will be to call for boot camp training for everyone.