By now, most of us have read or heard about the (very) recent Nevada shooting. And once again, after these events, I ask myself the following question:
Why don’t we ever hear of anyone “shooting back” during these mass shootings? Some have taken place in states where concealed (and even open-carry) weapons are legal, yet I don’t recall reading or hearing about anyone whipping out their pistol or rifle to stop the shooter. Surely at least one or more individuals would be present at such events and be willing and able to take steps to stop the shooter?
Of course in the Nevada shooting, it would have been impossible since the gunman was in an entirely different location. But what about in a movie theater (as happened some years back)? Or in a mall? Or some other place where the shooter is “accessible” and could be “put down”?
Could it be that FEAR overrides the noble idea of protecting oneself and others?