i completely disagree... yeah, just what we need, more A**holes walking around with weapons, most likely, without proper training and a logical rational mind. we'd be having shootouts everywhere.
Interesting prediction. Apparently you didn't notice that similar predictions were made before the "concealed carry" laws went into effect in Florida and Texas. But it didn't happen. Neither has it happened in Vermont, which hasn't had any state or local restrictions on firearms since 1911. The A**holes are the criminals; they will get weapons whenever they wish, regardless of laws. So we have little or no control over how many of them there are. On the other hand having more regular folk armed provides a counterbalance. The theory is sound and supported by empirical evidence.
so you ask, why isn't a good shooter going to prevent a bad shooter from acting out? just when does the good guy shoot the bad guy? before he acts or after? if the good guy acts first, isn't he now the bad guy?
First, a bad person who is thinking about becoming a bad shooter is deterred by the knowledge that there are good shooters among the population. Even anti-gun folks admit that by their actions. I have never seen an anti-gun person post a "gun-free zone" sign on their house. Many vocal anti-gun zealots keep and use guns for their own protection, sometimes even in violation of the laws that they advocate. Other vocal anti-gun zealots hire armed guards. Also, a bad person who pulls out a gun sometimes hesitates before he begins shooting. When that happens in the presence of armed good shooters, the good shooters don't hesitate and the bad shooter never even gets a shot off. In other cases a bad shooter begins to shoot, but is not a good marksman. That gives the good shooters time to react and stop the bad shooting before anyone is harmed. In the worst cases, a bad shooter may actually hit somebody before he is stopped by a good shooter's bullet. But the bad shooter is still stopped before he shoots anyone else. Of course a good shooter can also stop bad people with pitchforks or knives.
most places like churches don't allow weapons in the first place...<quoted text>
Which is why bad people pick such places to be bad.