In a word not only “no”, but in many cases such civilians are ignored, condemned or straight up lied about by those who are not interested in saving lives. But they make any excuse to “virtue signal” for a Democratic Party aligned press corps.
Walmart has had no less than two mass shootings stopped by armed civilian customers; in Washington State and just last month in Springfield Missouri. In the most recent case a heavily armed man walked into a Walmart, obviously looking for trouble, where he was engaged instantly by an armed fireman. The suspect surrendered and no shots were fired. Walmart’s reaction was to ban open carry in its stores, stop the sales of certain types of ammunition, and to call for another failed ban on certain semi-automatic rifles. No mention of the heroes who saved lives.
NOTE: Open carry is legal in 46 states. Although this may seem odd to those on the coasts, in most of the country it is rather commonplace and treated as such.
It is time to go on the offense.
Mr. Social Justice Warrior “Journalist”, when mass shootings or other crimes are stopped by those NRA types you like to smear, do you report their names with the same celebrity treatment you give the perpetrators? Why do I have to go to National Review just to see their names? If saving lives is the goal as you claim, why treat those who put themselves in harms way to save lives so poorly? No one trusts you.
Mr. Politician, you claim to want to save lives, so show me your bill banning so called “Gun Free Zones.” Statistically almost all mass violence happens in such zones. History shows us that no honest case can be made that “Gun Free Zones” actually make people safer.
I am calling out the “virtue signallers”. Savings lives is NOT your top priority. Rather, your toxic, utopian, far left ideology is like Mao, Stalin, Chavez, and Xi. If some innocents have to die in order to implement your “planned society”, it is a “price” that leftists have been willing to pay throughout history. All one has to do is turn on the news to see that exploiting innocent victims gives progressive secular leftists no pause, whatsoever.
The latest proof is that far left “virtue signallers” have kicked the notion of saving lives to the curb, in order to take guns from 180 million gun owners who have never harmed anyone. Their mantra has become – “stop scapegoating mental illness.” This latest talking point is so dishonest and cold hearted it is well,… chilling.
Jared Loughner was severely mentally ill and had multiple contacts with law enforcement before he went on his killing spree. Authorities dropped the ball on getting him committed and/or treated. The same can be said about Nicolas Cruz, who committed the largest school shooting in history. Police knew he was mentally ill, knew he was making threats and failed to act.
Adam Lanza who killed the children at Sandy Hook and his own mother, was severely mentally ill. His mother was trying to have him committed, but had resorted to looking for an out of state facility because Democrats and the ACLU worked to stop IOT (Involuntary Outpatient Treatment) laws requiring short term holding for certain mental evaluations in Connecticut. the ACLU has even argued that people have the right to be mentally ill. Pure, cruel idiocy.
The list of those with untreated severe mental illness engaging in violence is so long it would take books to cover it. Denying the link between severe mental illness and violence is like denying the link between militant Islam and violence, wait… the “virtue signallers” do that too!
Democrats and Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) “virtue signal” because they want you to believe in their moral and intellectual superiority as much as they do. Leftism in all its flavors has always told the masses that if they just surrender their liberty, power and money to “our moral betters” (themselves) that they can plan a near perfect society. If they only had enough control. History shows us just what they do with that control. They slaughter their political opponents. Democrats continue to praise countries like Venezuela and China, as “enlightened”. But these “enlightened” countries are murdering their political opposition as you read this column. It is difficult to do here, as our population is a well-armed gun culture, filled with military veterans.
Democrats and the elite media “virtue signallers” cannot make their “utopia” without first making good people defenseless. They put their radical ideology over the rights and lives of the innocent, which is pure evil. It’s time we recognize it and treated them as such.