How to tell when somebody is lawfully carrying a gun or not

If they start shooting innocent people, they are not.  Nice piece in Slate:

The gun lobby acknowledges the problem of mass-shooting incidents in the United States. Its solution calls for arming more people who could potentially stop a shooter and for rapid-response training focused on minimizing casualties. This is part of an increasingly pervasive, insidious gun culture that accepts mass shootings as inevitable. But by this logic, the first victims—friends, loved ones, children—are expendable. The first victims of a mass shooting are a mangled human sacrifice on the altar of Second Amendment rights.

Until a shooter pulls the trigger to begin his slaughter, he is merely a guy with a gun. [emphasis mine] The gun lobby insists that the government should allow people to carry firearms into all public places. (Gun advocates continued to push for expanded open-carry legislation the morning after the Tallahassee shooting.) After all, who are we to judge a man simply because he is proudly displaying a gun by his side? In this world, the first victim is merely an alarm for others to respond.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to How to tell when somebody is lawfully carrying a gun or not

    • Mike from Canada says:

      Those pain killer deaths are not murders. They are accidental deaths or suicides. The FBI link you gave leaves out all the accidental firearm shootings and deaths, and also leaves out all the firearm suicides, some 20,000 firearm suicides in 2011. Then add in murders.
      So your cherry picking the number of deaths caused by firearms. And the DEA and local law enforcement is actively trying to catch those who are abusing the system.
      The NRA along with the politicians it has in it’s pockets has made it impossible for the ATF to investigate and arrest people who buy guns to sell on the black market.

      29,300 people are killed in the USA due to firearm deaths in 2011. Accidental, murders and suicides.

      80 every single day.

      2 times your linked pain killer deaths.

      565 young people under the age of 18, and 119 children ages 12 or younger.

      More children (under the age of 18) were killed by firearms in the USA than every single man, woman and child was in all of Canada in 2011 by any method.
      The US murder rate is well over twice that of Canada.

      81,400 non fatal gun injuries in 2011 in the USA.

      Efforts are being made to stop narcotic deaths, car crash deaths, poison deaths. Meanwhile the NRA and US gun nuts appose just about every single attempt to even collect data on firearm deaths in the USA, never mind the amount of hostility brought to such efforts such as comprehensive background checks.
      “The US homicide rates were 6.9 times higher than rates in the other high-income countries, driven by firearm homicide rates that were 19.5 times higher. For 15-year olds to 24-year olds, firearm homicide rates in the United States were 42.7 times higher than in the other countries. For US males, firearm homicide rates were 22.0 times higher, and for US females, firearm homicide rates were 11.4 times higher. The US firearm suicide rates were 5.8 times higher than in the other countries, though overall suicide rates were 30% lower. The US unintentional firearm deaths were 5.2 times higher than in the other countries. Among these 23 countries, 80% of all firearm deaths occurred in the United States, 86% of women killed by firearms were US women, and 87% of all children aged 0 to 14 killed by firearms were US children.”

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