The National Law Journal
March 25, 2013
6. March 26, 2013 07:33 AM
This artlcle, while interesting, is missing one important item: facts. There is only speculation and inference.
— Francis Conrad
7. March 25, 2013 12:30 AM
The rubric to determine what is a "mass shooting" in this article is myopic in that it only considers attacks that qualify by actual deaths, not intent and opportunity. If you consider the circumstances where a would-be aggressor had intent but was stopped by a "good guy with a gun," or if said aggressor even shot a few people but less than 4 died (like in the Oregon mall shooting), then the figures deviate significantly from the author's numerical claims.
Next, conflating gun "owners" with gun "carriers" is another serious issue. Most people who own a gun don't carry. Every state except Alaska and Vermont require permitting (which can range dramatically in standards of issuance) and training to carry concealed. And not everyone who has a permit carries regularly. Additionally, many states' restrictions on where concealed carry permit holders can legally carry firearms (gun-free zones, like the Virginia Tech campus and the theater in Aurora, CO) provide prime opportunity for would-be shooters since law abiding concealed carry permit holders will choose leave their firearm behind for fear of losing their permit or being prosecuted. Using the fundamentally flawed premises of assuming that either gun ownership or concealed carry permit possession %'s transfer to presence of concealed firearms in places mass killers have historically targeted is either purposefully misleading or irresponsibly ignorant considering the claims and conclusions the author asserts.
Finally, not all shots are safe to take, and not all concealed carry holders are in a position to come in and setup from an advantaged position, as police would, to subdue an armed assailant. They are everyday people who are caught in a situation that is unfathomable to most. This op-ed is poorly written considering Prof. Davis is an academic held out as knowledgeable in the field of law. I would hope he expects more from his students than he's offered here.
— Joshua Bolin