This is what shall-issue concealed carry means. Not that mall
shootings happen and can't be stopped; they'll happen regardless of the
concealed-carry laws. What I'm referring to is what almost happened; the murdered was almost stopped four hours before the police could "negotiate" with him.
You may remember a somewhat recent (in the last year, I think) shooting
in Texas. A concealed-carry permit holder was on the scene,
armed, and exchanged gunfire with the criminal, saving several lives at
the cost of his own.
You don't hear about this aspect of these events in the media much, but
it is happening with increasing frequency. Do the math: there are
21 million people in Texas, and 223584 permits,
so about 1% of the population is licensed to carry. That means,
if you are in a place with at least 100 people nearby, and you are in
Texas, and you're not in a location where concealed firearms are
forbidden, then someone around you is probably carrying.
To be honest, probably more than one -- not everyone carries legally,
and there are legal ways to carry a firearm with you in your car
without obtaining a license.
These people have indicated their willingness to do violence in order
to protect themselves, and quite possibly to protect those around
them. They don't smell funny and they don't look any
different. But every single one represents the opportunity to
stop a murderer in his tracks, cutting their rampage short.
But they'll smile and say hello and play with your kids safely.
They aren't dangerous, because they are guardians, not predators.
They are safe because their firearms handling skills are meticulous,
due to experience, practice, and training. After all, it's
something they do for fun. The real thing isn't fun, but similar
The more people who take up the responsibility of bearing arms, the better off everyone will be, because there will always be more murderous psychotics... but the supply of guardians is all too limited.