Slick Willy wrote:
Gun-free zone or not, shooting two or three people in a mall only takes a matter of seconds
Quite right and that is precisely the point I was making. When seconds count, the police are minutes away. 10-15 minutes in this case. 20+ in the Sandy Hook case.
The main function of the police is to identify the victims after the attack.
That is not a criticism of the police, it is simply a statement of fact. In the very best of circumstances it is normally going to take 5 minutes or more to respond unless they are on the scene already.
and is almost impossible to stop,
Yet Meli stopped it before the gunman could kill more.
especially when using an assault weapon like he was.
Why would an assault weapon (rifle?) be any more deadly than any other semi-automatic rifle? Both will fire as fast as one can pull the trigger. Same as any semi-automatic pistol or even a revolver.
Even a non-semi-automatic gun will get off a large number of rounds in a short period of time. When the Marines used a single shot, bolt action, rifle (the Springfield '03, 5 round clip), the basic qualification for any Marine was 20 aimed shots in 60 seconds. I suspect the Army had a similar qualification.
Or if you really want to kill a lot of people, why not use a shotgun? How many rounds do you think a pump action shotgun will fire in a few seconds? Use a heavy buckshot and a wide pattern and you could kill multiple people with each shot without aiming.
Or forget guns altogether. Just carry a couple 2 liter pop bottles of gasoline into the mall and set them alight.
All the more reason to ban the general public from being able to buy assault weapons.
Again, I suspect that you mean assault rifles, here. If not, what do you mean by "assault weapons"? Knives? Baseball bats?
And if you do mean assault rifles, what good do you think banning them will do?
Do you even know the definition of an assault rifle?