Some of them are actually celebrating the role of guns in our country. Instead of mourning the deaths of 32 people, they are asking for more guns in more public places. There are opposite rallies planned in Virginia for opposite reasons. One will take place tomorrow in Blacksburg to not only honor the lives of innocent people taken by a deranged student with guns blazing, but to point out the total nonsense of the Open Carry group who think everyone should be able to openly carry their guns everywhere. Starbucks is in the cross fire of these two groups. Why Starbucks? Because the Open Carry folks have targeted Starbucks stores as places they desire to carry their guns. You must know about all the dangerous people lurking in the dark corners of Starbucks stores just waiting to draw a gun on those peaceful latte drinking citizens tending to their children or their computers. They are everywhere- those dangerous people- and you never know when you might get to be the hero and save the day.
The problem with that logic is that it just doesn't work on a practical basis. When I first met Colin Goddard, a young man shot 4 times at Virgina Tech and featured in this video, I asked him if he could have saved lives if he had his own gun when Cho walked into his classroom. His answer- absolutely not. All he was doing was trying to save himself from further injury and is quite sure that if he had drawn his own gun, he would have died that day instead of suffering from life threatening injuries. Showing a gun to a deranged shooter who is bent on death and destruction is not a good idea. But, never mind logic. The OpenCarry.org group and others like them feel strongly that the mere fact that they are toting guns everywhere will make us all safer.
These dueling opinions and dueling groups will have their day tomorrow and on April 19th to make some points. Which group will get the most attention from the media? Watch and see. My bet is on the Open Carry group. Meanwhile, we will go on with our lives and forget that 32 people a day are killed by someone else in our country and even more take their own lives or accidentally shoot someone. This is the national conversation we should be having.