If Only

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

If only the quote from NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre from back in December were really the case.  If only that were the case.  But it seems like even a good guy with a gun is no match for a bad guy with a gun who is intent on killing him.

Such was the case this past weekend at a shooting range in Texas.  Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a former sniper who tallied 160 confirmed kills in combat, was killed at a shooting range Saturday.

From where I sit, Chris Kyle was one of the “good guys.”  I guess your perception of what he did that made him one might differ from mine.  Kyle had two choices during his deployments as a sniper: the target or his fellow servicemen.  His targets were intent on causing direct damage to and death of American troops, and Chris Kyle successfully stopped 160 of them from killing countless Americans.  That makes him a good guy in my book.

Saturday, he went to a shooting range with two friends, and only one of them left.  Kyle and another man were killed by the third member of their party.  The shooter then fled the scene and was not captured until several hours later, more than 90 miles from the scene of the crime.  By all accounts, there were two of Wayne LaPierre “good guys with a gun” and only one “bad guy with a gun,” yet the bad guy managed to kill the two good guys and flee.

How then, does it make sense that he can claim that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”  Sure, that may be the case on occasion, but if someone wants another person dead, they will make it happen.  Even if the target is a former SEAL sniper who, I assume, knew his way around guns pretty well.  Using Wayne LaPierre’s “logic,” Chris Kyle should be alive today, and the person who took his life should be on a cold autopsy table.

If only.

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  1. Pingback: Hypocritical Much? Part Nine « Our Not So Expert Opinions

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