Another Theater shooting prompts debate
Two of the latest public massacres occurred in gun free zones. What if there was a person in the movie theater lawfully carrying a concealed weapon? Soft targets, public places, are more and more becoming the target of terrorists and deranged men hell bent on killing innocent people. It is too late to even think about gun control in America. There are millions of guns in circulation and quite simply, the citizens in this good country will never voluntarily give them up, no matter what law you pass. As a Sarasota criminal lawyer and an avid Second Amendment advocate I can see the argument from both sides. Are there senseless homicides? There can be no question about that. The common factor in all of the latest shootings is mental health. We need to identify and help the mentally ill and we need to keep the mentally ill from arming themselves and committing mass murder.
Family members and relatives need to come forward. If you have a brother, an uncle or family member who has gone off the deep end, let law enforcement know. If a friend or neighbor becomes “radicalized” with misplaced hatred, let someone know. In domestic violence situations, if you see the warning signs of impending violence, step forward and call the police. Do not fall victim to senseless road rage over some stupid traffic disagreement and never pull a gun, even as a warning.
Avoid an arrest and get your concealed weapons license
Act responsibly and never point or display a firearm just to make a point. Guns are an absolute last resort and should only be used to protect life. The stand your ground law is a defense but the better answer is to not to be put in a situation where you get arrested and have to raise it. Hopefully, you will never have to hire a criminal lawyer.