The Heretic


Lots of police officers, chiefs, and sheriffs are advocating that Americans legally arm themselves as a defense against terrorists and mass shooters.

This is a wildly popular position, politically speaking.

But not everyone’s on board.

Some people simply refuse to believe that untrained civilians taking action when they’re in extreme terror might not be the best idea ever.

Photo: UW-Madison Police Department
UW-Madison Police Chief Susan Riseling

UW-Madison Police Chief Susan Riseling recently criticized the idea after a shooting at a mall in Wisconsin, telling reporters that “all the concealed carry in the world” wouldn’t have stopped the shooting.

In fact, she said she thinks it would put more citizens in danger.

“I just can’t even fathom how bad that could have gotten so quickly,” she said. “Because people who don’t know who shot the first shot see somebody else with a gun and they don’t know what’s going on. And it’s just more chaos on top of more chaos.”

The real test will be in states like Texas and Michigan, where enacted and proposed legislation would allow concealed and open carry in all circumstances.

The metric to keep an eye on, in terms of public safety, is the number of shootings inside college dormitories and on campus—and the circumstances surrounding them.

Were the incidents mostly “good guys stopping bad guys with guns,” or are they more garden variety shootings stemming from personal conflicts between students and rival student groups.


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