Sorry to rain on your gun rights parade.
The Kansas City Star
Dear Gun Rights Advocates:
I know. I’m a pain in the tush.
Since I have subscribed to many of your newsletters and read many of your blogs, I’ve noticed that a lot of you have been celebrating a recent “victory” that happened in Trimble, MO last week. Here’s a brief summary.
Bank robber walks into the First Security Bank of Trimble and shows a gun demanding money.
Sounds like something taken from the Bank Robbery 101 play book.
Mr. Bank Robber gets shot in the bank while attempting to rob the bank.
Mr. Bank Robber gets in car fleeing the bank.
Mr. Bank Robber takes police on a high-speed chase.
Mr. Bank Robber gets caught and is now in hospital and will go to jail.
Gun rights advocates go crazy with joy! See good guy with gun took out bad guy with a gun - a la Wayne LaPierre. Parties are had all over the country celebrating a victory showing that armed civilians won this round.
Everyone lives happily ever after.
Not so fast my gun-toting friends. Let’s stop and think about some of these facts for a moment.
First,it wasn’t exactly an armed “civilian”, it was a guard at the bank. As far as I know, most guards at banks carry guns. I know, here we go again with those silly facts.
Also, it begs the question if it was a civilian doing business at the bank, what’s the point of those signs posted everywhere with a gun and a slash across it?
Second, if the guard/civilian did shoot the bank robber in the face, the guard/civilian is a pretty bad shot and was just lucky not to hit innocent bystanders.
Mr. Bank Robber gets out of the bank, into his car and leads police on a 25 MILE POLICE CHASE from Trimble, MO to Kansas City. Now I’ve never been shot in the face, so I’m just guessing, but I can imagine that if I was accurately shot in the face, operating a motor vehicle correctly for 25 miles would be pretty gosh darn hard. It was reported that the robber got up to speeds in excess of 95 mph and ran over 4 stop strips. Pretty good for being shot in the face.
Again, I’m no gun expert as I’ve stated previously, but if I got shot accurately in the face, I would assume I would be dead. That’s right - probably pretty darn dead. Now I’m also no driving expert - just a regular driver, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say I would need a face to drive a car. I need two eyes and maybe even my mouth to scream, “holy crap that hurt.” So where exactly was he “shot in the face”?
I know…like I originally stated, I can be a total pain with all of these questions. I was one of those kids who constantly asked why.
So before you keep celebrating your gun rights victory, take a second and think about some of these things. I don’t consider a guard at a bank a “civilian”. I think the Department of Motor Vehicles may want to add on our driving requirements that everyone driving have a face. That is if we are going to be able to drive say more than 5 miles.
Anyway, sorry for interrupting your gun love fest.
Yours in annoying questions,