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How to Stop a Shooter: (Hint – It’s NOT tougher gun laws.)

How to Stop a Shooter

CARRY YOUR WEAPON if you legally can.  One armed citizen in that crowded movie theater in Aurora, CO could have minimized or prevented that tragedy from occurring.  But, from what I’ve read, that movie theater had a “No Firearms” sign posted.  Hmmmmm…. it didn’t seem to deter the lunatic, though, did it.

If you’re a CCW holder, CARRY YOUR WEAPON as often as you can.  YOU could prevent events like this in your city or town with one well-aimed shot.  Don’t witness a crazed gunman like that idiot in CO. and wish you had not left your carry pistol in the gun safe.  CARRY YOUR WEAPON.

TEST:  The main idea of the two preceding paragraphs was: ___________________________________.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.  CARRY YOUR WEAPON!!!!

July 23, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I question whether a pistol carried by a CCW holder would have done any good in Aurora. The man was wearing body armor and had sprayed the room with tear gas and it was DARK inside the room. A Ccw holder would have been more likely to have hit other civilians in his or her efforts to hit the lunatic in a vulnerable area of the lunatic’s body. its easy to use such moments to promote gun carrying, but even experienced soldiers have a tough time finding their targets in such conditions, let alone a CCW holder expecting to see a movie, not be in a nightmare.

    Comment by Anisah David | July 24, 2012 | Reply

    • I reject your premise that a CCW holder in that theater should have refrained from firing at the shooter for fear of hitting other civilians, thereby allowing, by his inaction, the shooter to continue his killing spree undeterred on its face.

      To me, that attitude is akin to driving by an accident scene and not lending aid. While an imperfect analogy, both actions (or lack thereof) are an abdication of your responsibility to help others. Rationalizing that inaction by stating that you might harm an innocent person while stopping a someone who goes on to shoot 70 people is, at best, a curious application of logic and compassion, not to mention your obligation to lend aid to your fellow man.

      That said, shooters like this ‘lunatic’, who prey on innocent people are cowards. Rounds fired in his direction would have probably sent him scurrying for cover or stopped him long enough for another citizen to rush and disarm him. Body armor will stop penetration of most pistol rounds, but their energy is transferred through the armor to the body wherever they hit. Even with body armor, shots to the chest hit with enough power to break or severely bruise ribs or soft tissue. Shooters take bullets to their body armour and keep going only, ironically enough, in Hollywood movies.

      Long story short, I could not live with myself if I ran from that theater while carrying a gun. Your mileage may vary.

      Comment by practicalprepper | July 25, 2012 | Reply

      • It’s not an “imperfect analogy,” it’s a bad one.

        Comment by Jay | September 2, 2012

      • And how is it a bad one?

        Comment by practicalprepper | September 26, 2012

  2. I agree. That’s why we get our permits. You may not be able to eliminate the threat but at least you could draw fire while your loved ones and others had a chance to escape.

    Comment by GA | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  3. Most of you have probably have never been under fire. Believe me a CCW holder in the dark would have no problem firing on the shooter. The flash from his wepon would have given the least trained a GOOD target.

    Comment by Wolff Man | November 15, 2012 | Reply

    • I’ve never been under fire, but I have fired a handgun several times on dark courses of fire. I agree with you on the flash..Besides, these mass shooters are cowards, my guess is they would go scrambling for cover if rounds were sent back at them.

      Comment by practicalprepper | January 13, 2013 | Reply

  4. More recent news in light of the CO shooter states that he was NOT actually wearing body armor, but instead wearing some type of black vest that carries magazines, etc. — not a ballistic vest (also called “bullet proof” vest). If there was just at least ONE armed citizen with a CWL in that theater who decided to act and shoot back, it would’ve given the theater goers a fighting chance vs being helpless unarmed victims.

    So Yes, carry your firearms and CCW’s as much as you physically and legally can! To go beyond that, sometimes I wish they would allow us to carry in other prohibited places i.e. schools and post offices because crime can happen anywhere and bad guys are not restrained by these laws. Why disarm the rest of the population in certain places? Bad guys don’t care about these laws anyway.

    Comment by justice06rr | December 17, 2012 | Reply

    • I completely agree with you on this point. One CCW holder could have stopped any of the mass shootings.

      Comment by practicalprepper | January 13, 2013 | Reply

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