Some anti gun individuals will complain when a law abiding citizen exercises his or her right to carry a gun to a soccer game or other social event, arguing that guns have no place at such social gatherings. Yesterday’s events in a suburb of Los Angeles help point out the flaws with such an argument:
A man dressed as Santa Claus reportedly opened fire at a Christmas Eve party in a suburban Los Angeles home that subsequently caught fire, leaving three people dead, before escaping. Two other people, including an 8 year old girl, suffered non life threatening gunshot wounds. Police are reportedly seeking a person of interest, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, who is said to be the estranged husband of a person who may have been at the party.
First, this is quite sad. A Christmas party should be a time to enjoy the holidays and the company of friends and family – not a time to be shot and killed. I feel especially sad for the 8 year old girl, as being shot and seeing people murdered before escaping from a burning building is a Christmas memory that no child should have. It is made all the worse since “Santa” shot this girl.
This also underscores the benefits of concealed carry, and the need to carry at social events where violence is unexpected. Those bent on violence tend to commit their attacks where there will be defenseless victims, such as the very social events where anti gun people don’t wish to have guns. Had there been an armed citizen here, this murderer dressed as Santa Claus may have been stopped before he killed three people and shot another two people.
Note: Those who incorrectly believe that concealed carry would result in citizens opening fire over parking spaces or other trivial matters should read this article. Similarly, those who think that banning guns would prevent criminals from being armed should read this article.