How To Tell A Good Guy With A Gun From A Bad Guy With A Gun

This past Friday, Christy Sheats shot and killed her own daughters. Details are emerging about Sheats, including her love of guns. In March, she wrote on her Facebook page:

It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns.

It would seem, at least if you listen to NRA propaganda, that Christy Sheats was a good guy (woman) with a gun. Up until the moment she murdered her own daughters, and was shot and killed by police when she refused to drop her gun. But before Friday-good guy with a gun. According to authorities, Christy Sheats had a history of mental illness, but no specifics have been released, only police visits to the house prior to the shooting.
Over the weekend, a man shot and killed his neighbor over a weed eater. This is a fairly convoluted story, but the gist is:

Police say they learned from Rodriguez’s wife that Rodriguez had claimed he had found the weed eater alongside the highway and brought it home. However, Donis’Morales told police the weed eater — used in a lawn care business — belonged to him and Morales’Rivas and that Morales’Rivas had come to him earlier and told him he knew who had the weed eater and that it was at the home of Vincente Rodriguez. Donis’Morales says Morales’Rivas told him they should go and get it back.
Police say Donis’Morales claims they only planned to go to Rodriguez’s home and talk to him about the weed eater and try to get him to return it. Police say Donis’Morales – a concealed handgun license holder – told them he left his 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on his car seat when he went up to the door to talk to Rodriguez.
At some point during his conversation with Rodriguez wife, the van suddenly burst into flames and when Vincente Rodriguez ran out of his home to extinguish the fire, police say Melvin Morales’Rivas came up to Rodriguez and began shooting him.
Police say Donis’Morales told them he thinks Morales’Rivas took his 40 caliber pistol from his car and used it to shoot Rodriguez. According to police, Donis’Morales told them both the vehicle fire and the shooting came as a total surprise to him as none of this was type reprisal was talked about or discussed prior to their arrival at the Rodriguez home.

So good guy leaves his handgun on the seat of his car, bad guy grabs gun, and bad guy shoots other guy over a weed whacker. But if the good guy was really a good guy, would he leave a deadly weapon just sitting there in his car?



This is the problem. According to Wayne LaPierre, and the rest of the NRA spokespeople, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Who the hell are the good guys? A wife and mother who kills her own daughters? Some yahoo who leaves a handgun unsecured in his car? Parents whose toddlers find a gun and shoot a sibling or parent? How about Meleanie Hain, the soccer mom who made headlines in 2009 for attending her 5-year-old-daughter’s soccer games with a gun on her hip? On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, police found Meleanie and her husband Scott, both dead from gunshots. Mrs. Hain reportedly had be contemplating getting a “stay-away order” against her husband.
The headline of this article is misleading, and purposely so. There is no way to tell the good guys with guns from the bad guys with guns. If I am in a restaurant, or a mall, or a movie theater, or an art gallery, or in a park, and I see someone with a gun, how in the world am I supposed to know if he or she has good or bad intentions? If I see a guy wandering through our neighborhood, armed to the teeth, what am I supposed to think? “Oh he’s just exercising his Second Amendment rights,” or “Jesus, what if he’s on his way to his ex-wife’s house?!”
Who’s the good guy? No, really, please tell me. How do you know? Is there a secret handshake, or a discreet tattoo? Do they slide a finger along the side of their nose? Maybe a special sound, like a hooting owl, or a dog bark, or a loud “I’M A GOOD GUY WHO FEELS THE NEED TO TERRIFY OTHERS WITH MY OPENLY CARRIED GUN!”?
A good guy with a gun looks exactly the same as a bad guy with a gun. My husband told me he believes the NRA wants to “level the playing field” so people buy more guns. If that’s true, if this whole good guy-bad guy crap is just another marketing ploy to increase gun sales, then I think I should be able to mount a surface-to-air missile on the top of my car.
You know, just in case.
 
 
 

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