Better a pistol than rocks or a stick.

Wow, such simple-mindedness on display here:

Hubert Williams, former head of the Newark police department and president of the Police Foundation, said that the idea that average citizens with guns could keep a theater safe only makes sense “on a piece of paper.”

“Reality is much more complicated. What if you pull a gun out, take aim and someone else thinks you’re the shooter?” he asked. “Would you stand up against an AR-15, AK-47 military-style assault weapon? Give me a break.”

I don’t see why one couldn’t go up against anyone with an AR or AK with a pistol. It’s not as if either one of those is some sort of magic death ray. Mark Allen Wilson sure as hell wasn’t afraid of it. He almost pulled it off, in fact. And the fact that Wilson failed had a lot more to do with his tactical errors and the fact that David Arroyo was wearing a bulletproof vest than the fact that he went up against Arroyo with a Colt 1911.

Would it be easy? No. Possible? I don’t see why not. Tell you what, I would sure as hell rather take my chances with that pistol than just lay there and wait on other people with guns.

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10 Responses to “Better a pistol than rocks or a stick.”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    Well…New Jersey. I doubt that man deals with reality on a frequent basis.

  2. Crotalus Says:

    “What if you pull a gun out, take aim, and someone else thinks you’re the shooter?”

    You mean “someone else” like your vaunted “Only Ones”, Chief? You should know, I guess. The police shoot the wrong guy five times more often than the armed citizen does. Which, of course, makes me want my own gun even more, as I distrust the police.

  3. BobG Says:

    What it boils down to is that we’ll never know, and there are too many variables to be able to say a person with a pistol could or could not have helped.
    But an armed citizen might have changed things; I doubt it would have made things any worse.
    Just my opinion.

  4. 3boxesofbs Says:

    I might hesitate to go up against a rifle armed assailant.

    The more important question is this “Would a rifle armed assailant be more likely to hesitate to go up against armed opponents?”

    Usually the answer is yes. Who says deterrence doesn’t work, eh.

  5. John Says:

    People comment as if all armed individuals would jump up and go hunting for the murderer. What about the guys who were killed after putting their bodies between the shooter and their women? What if one or more of them had been armed and just held his fire until the murderer loomed up over him? Body armor or no, would the murderer’s nerve have held up after close-quarters return fire? As others have said, sometimes you don’t get to choose between good and bad, just between horrible and less horrible. Getting killed sucks. Getting killed in a noble cause sucks a little less. Having noble cause and a CHANCE to hurt or even kill your mortal enemy looks pretty good by comparison. You don’t have to try to “save the day”, but you deserve the chance to protect your family in the last ditch.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      What about the guys who were killed after putting their bodies between the shooter and their women? What if one or more of them had been armed and just held his fire until the murderer loomed up over him?

      That is an excellent point. I might have to ponder it for another post.

  6. mattexian Says:

    To use the example of the Aurora theater shooting, holmes wasn’t expecting anyone in there to be armed, giving him easy pickings, so *one* clear-thinking person with a CCW *could* have ended it right away. But, Monday-morning quarterbacking about “what might have been” goes nowhere.

  7. GomeznSA Says:

    As others have said – the Aurora shooting, and citizen self defense can be monday morning quarterbacked forever BUT we will never know what MIGHT have happened.
    One thing that irritates me from the so-called ‘experts’ is that they all pretty much ass/u/me that an armed citizen – be they an ex-military type, off duty or retired LEO or just garden variety citizen does NOT have the discriminatory skills to know when and when not to shoot. That is a faulty premise but one they continually fall back on. It just shows how little knowledge they have about the rest of us………….

  8. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Yep. I am not surprised that the cop that said that was from New Jersey. And I know that Monday-morning quarterbacking might well be useless. I don’t know for sure that someone could have stopped something like that if they’d been armed, But, again, better to take that chance than to wait on somebody with a badge who just barely qualifies as a marksman.

  9. Les Says:

    This guy is one of the old line police politicians who advised people to “never resist”, and just “lay back and enjoy it”. Okay, they didn’t say the last part, but they meant it.

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