The recent mass murders in Aurora, Colo., will likely unleash another emotional outcry for restricting guns. One or more trained, armed patrons at the theater would've likely reduced the carnage. We should all remember that defending oneself and protecting one's family is the responsibility of the individual. A police force is unable to anticipate and prevent most violent crime. The best they can do is respond, after the fact, in a timely manner.
Whether motivated by politics, religion, bigotry, hatred, greed or psychosis, a determined assailant is almost impossible to stop before he acts. A killer has at his disposal an array of offensive weapons, including explosives, poisons, chemicals, vehicles, knives and of course guns, to name a few. The victim has few defenses from which to choose. A gun is a logical choice because of its intimidating look, it's startlingly loud and it can stop or kill at a distance. Not everyone should carry a gun. Those who decide not to carry a weapon or are unarmed due to age, disability or inexperience rely on the rest of us for their defense.
Decide for yourself whether you have a moral duty to your family and the public to be able to respond when and if you find yourself in the middle of a violent assault or even a murderous rampage like the one in Aurora.
J. Scott Smith, Oklahoma City