I am sure most of you have already seen this story and/or read the headlines.
PHOENIX - Five people were found shot to death, including the suspected gunman, at a Phoenix apartment complex Saturday. Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said officers responded to a shooting call around 9 a.m. near 17th Avenue and Hazelwood Street. Upon arriving at the scene, officers worked to identify where the gunshots came from, said Thompson. They eventually narrowed it down to two townhomes. Officers entered the first home and found the bodies of two adult males, a female and a teenage boy. Two of the victims were located on the patio and two others were found inside. The bodies of two dogs were also discovered. All were pronounced dead at the scene. Thompson said officers entered the second home, which was located nearby, and discovered the body of an individual believed to be the gunman. Police said the suspect, a man in his 50s, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
This statment is more to the heart of what I am asking about:
(from the comments)
The sheer violence is why we carry guns in Arizona. To protect ourselves from monsters. We have a very high percentage of mentals, drug users, and zombie types here in Arizona. Stay alert and stay safe. Yesterday ·
So in the wake of 5 people being shot in their homes and more potential victim's that survived, this gentleman seems to be advocating that if everyone was armed in AZ they would all be safe, but the issue here is the shooting was in AZ, unless of course Phoenix has recently moved to another zip code.
Taken in conjunction with the WA armed teacher laws, do private arms keep us safer or is it mostly a false sense of security?
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 11:29 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Answer by m-avi at 1:00 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Answer by mrsmom110 at 12:55 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Answer by Dardenella at 12:58 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 1:08 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Answer by okmanders at 1:25 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
I don't know that more legal gun ownership would equate to a safer environment relating to the story you posted. I think there is more at play and while this is tragic, normal people don't go on a shooting rampage. It would be interesting to find out the mental and emotional state of the gunman prior to the attack, as well as knowing the capacity of his relationship with the victims.
Speaking from just a citizen point of view, I can understand the suggestion to arm yourself for protection (if you are personally comfortable with that responsibility), but I don't think that suggestion would have likely mattered in the case above. We, as citizens, have no reasonable expectation that police will be able to protect us from an attacker. If one is capable of legally owning and using a weapon responsibly, I am all in favor of that.
Answer by QuinnMae at 1:29 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Crime goes down when criminals know the homeowner is more likely to be armed. Meanwhile, gun rights have been nonexistent for ages in the murder capital of the US
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:33 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Answer by mommy_jules at 3:48 PM on Oct. 28, 2013
Answer by DSamuels at 1:26 PM on Oct. 28, 2013