Have these “arm everybody” people, including The Artificial Orange Madman ever been in a nightclub?
Oh, I know that our “presumptive Republican nominee” has probably never set foot in an LGBT nightclub, heaven forbid, but has he or any of these other people who suggest that the patrons should have had guns and fought back ever been in any nightclub – you know, the kind with a dance floor, and lighting effects, and lots of people really close together and in motion.
And dark . . . except for the lighting effects like swirling colored spotlights and strobes that play with your head and distort motion and distance and position.
And loud . . . with music playing and bass pounding at 110 to 115 dB . . . the kind of noise that would make using your ears to pinpoint the source of gunfire essentially impossible?
I ask this in light of the loudmouthed Orange Dude’s statement the other day, “If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had.”
Of course, had he been paying attention he would have known that there were people with guns. There were properly qualified and trained people with guns . . . like an armed security guard and a uniformed off-duty Orlando police officer . . . trained people who know that you don’t just start blasting rounds into a dark room filled with people because you “think” you know where a shooter is. Trained people who have been taught to keep their heads on straight and not let the adrenalin take over. Trained people who know how to assess the situation and understand what they can and can’t do.
Like start taking pot-shots in a crowded nightclub.
In the dark.
Of course, the Orange Dude didn’t think this through, not because he is incapable of doing so, but because such details don’t matter to him. This statement, like virtually every other idiotic utterance that emerges from his mouth, is all about firing up his base who are convinced that the solution to gun violence is more guns. Other “good guys with guns” advocates have made similarly clueless suggestions.
But in this case it gets even more idiotic.
I want you to imagine for just a second a nightclub filled with people, most of whom have probably consumed multiple alcoholic beverages (not to mention a significant number who are likely to have partaken of other perception-altering substances). Now I want you to imagine these folks with guns strapped to their ankles or their waists.
This is not my suggestion, it came right from the mouth of The Orange One:
“If you had guns in that room, if you had — even if you had a number of people having them strapped to their ankle or strapped to their waist where bullets could have flown in the other direction right at him, you wouldn’t have had that tragedy.”
No, instead of 49 dead (not counting the assailant) it would probably have been more like 100.
The idiocy is dumbfounding.
No, strapping guns to a bunch of drunk people in a nightclub is not a good idea. Having a bunch of untrained people (even sober) with guns in a dark, crowded, noisy, environment with flashing lights in motion is absolutely stupid, and anybody with an ounce of sense in their head knows this.
Unless maybe you’ve never been in a nightclub.