This article has been updated on July 23rd, 2012, due to a secondary event that is relevant.
On May 30th, 2012, Ian L. Stawicki, walked into to Cafe Racer about 11 AM. and opened fire with two semi-automatic handguns. Six people died that day, including Stawicki, who turned a gun on himself as police cornered him in West Seattle. He lived long enough to be transported to the hospital, where he later died.
On Friday, July 20, 2012, James Holmes, dressed in body armor, and carrying multiple weapons, ambushed a crowd in a movie theater. He killed many -- shot many more. He gave himself up to the police shortly after.
After both tragic incidents, when many are asking, "How could this happen? How can we make sure it can't happen again?," I hear the different sentiment too.
"What if someone else would have had a gun? They could have stopped the killer."
On what is my opinion based?
Put it another way, one of mindset, one that speaks of intent, "I will prevail."
They always look at me with the most puzzled, sometimes hurt, expression.
You think you are that good, huh?
Who would be shooting at who, in the darkness or the chaos?
Does this say that one should not try to stop an attacker? I'm not arguing that one should not. I'm pointing out that you need to have an honest assessment of yourself and your abilities before opening your mouth on this issue. Should someone try to stop a killer? Sure. I know I'd try my best.