Guns

What Could Go Wrong?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Republicans and the National Rifle Association (NRA) say the answer to our epidemic of gun violence is more guns, but what does it actually look like when everyone is carrying a gun?

A man opened fire at a Wal-Mart in Thornton, Colorado on Wednesday of this week, but even though your typical Wal-Mart is lined with security cameras, authorities had difficulty identifying a suspect because there were so many potential suspects who pulled out a gun.

It took more than five hours to identify the suspect, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem, who is accused in the seemingly random shootings. The problem for investigators came when they reviewed the surveillance footage and had to follow each individual with a firearm until they could eliminate them as a suspect.

“Once the building was safe enough to get into it, we started reviewing that (surveillance video) as quickly as we could,” Avila said. “That’s when we started noticing” that a number of individuals had pulled weapons. “At that point, as soon as you see that, that’s the one you try to trace through the store, only to maybe find out that’s not him, and we’re back to ground zero again, starting to look again. That’s what led to the extended time.”

I'm pessimistic when it comes American gun culture so I don't expect this will give anyone enough pause to reconsider their position on the proliferation of guns.

On the contrary, I wouldn't be surprised if this prompted some local jackass lawmakers to write a bill prohibiting authorities from questioning someone just because they have a gun.

Thankfully, none of the people who pulled out a gun in the Thornton Wal-Mart started shooting, but that's bound to happen at some point, isn't it? One of these days we're all going to read a story about a cross-fire in the frozen food aisle. It's going to happen.

  • Aynwrong

    Brilliant. Fucking brilliant.

    Ya know, for people who claim to respect the military and law enforcement more than thou you would think gun loving Republicans would have the sense to understand that owning a gun and having the proper training, experience (No, hunting does not count) and discipline to effectively handle one in such a situation are two entirely different things.

    The last thing such a situation needs is a bunch of armed amateurs or worse, some fucking idiot who wants to live out his own personal Jack Bauer fantasy.

  • muselet

    “Local jackass”? I’ll be surprised if some congresscritter doesn’t introduce a bill making the carrying of a weapon prima facie evidence of innocence.

    It’s no stupider than most of the other firearms legislation proposed in the past dozen years or so.

    –alopecia

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Fucking toddlers.

    I’ll repeat what my martial arts instructor taught me when I was very young about what to do when you encounter a dangerous situation: (A) keep your head down and try not to draw attention to yourself, stay safe (B) if you can’t do that, give the person what he wants (C) If you can’t do that, run like hell, screaming the whole time (D) if you can’t do that, then fight.

    Every one of these yokels thinks they’re Walker Texas Ranger. I bet, if you listen to the audio, about half of them shouted “finally!” while whipping it out, and immediately started foaming at the mouth at their chance to play cowboy.

    • 1933john

      Wonder how many
      had shit in pants?

      • muselet

        All of them, I’d wager.

        –alopecia

        • KanaW

          I think a bunch of them had hard-ons, honestly.

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  • Badgerite

    Madness, really. By all means, let’s turn the local Walmart into a war zone.