The other day, in New York City, police responded to those words in front of the Empire State Building.
A disgruntled former employee shot to death his former co-worker on the sidewalk in broad daylight.
Police came running and in a confrontation that lasted mere seconds killed the gunman and wounded nine passersby.
I am not going to criticize the police in this matter. They did what they are trained to do. The bad guy was killed before he could harm anyone else.
My observation leads me in a slightly different direction.
Gun advocates, after any shooting, always say,”If someone had a gun, the shooter would have been stopped.”
Well, look at what happened with well trained police officers. They weren’t able to limit their spray of bullets to just one person. Adrenaline is a tricky thing. We have seen too many movies where the bullets land in exactly the right spots. Those officers went from a normal patrol to the deadliest situation they would ever face. Most police officers go their entire careers without pulling their weapon during their shift.
More civilians with guns is not the answer to shootings like this one or the movie theater one, or the temple one, or ….on and on.