I almost missed this one in the scrum of this past few weeks.
A couple of weeks ago, when Representatives Paymar and Martens tried to jam down a ban on law-abiding citizens carrying their legally-permitted firearms in the Capitol complex, the Strib’s Abby Simons wrote the paper’s follow-up piece.
It ended with a quote from Representative Martens; like most of Martens’ statements, it reeks of crap from rhetorical stem to stern. But I’ll emphasize the part I want to focus on today:
Heather Martens, executive director [Ha ha ha! – Ed.] of Protect Minnesota, an organization geared toward ending gun violence [Ha ha ha! – Ed.] and an advocate for the ban, said the intimidation happens when a loaded firearm is worn openly, as it was earlier this year during a hearing.
“There is no history of someone like that being a meaningful deterrent or being able to stop an attack,” she said.
If you read this blog, you are smarter than that.
John Lott showed how “someone like that” – multiplied by millions – have deterred hundreds of thousands of crimes in shall-issue states, as compared with discretionary or non-issue states (back when there were more of both).
As to stopping those attacks? Well, we’ve been through this before. Here’s a partial list of attacks stopped by law-abiding, non-police, private citizens with legal firearms:
- The Pearl, Mississippi school shooting, where a teacher grabbed a gun and stopped the two shooters.
- The Appalachian Law School shooting, where a would-be mass-murderer was stopped by a couple of armed students.
- A robbery that was devolving into a mass-shooting in Virginia was stopped by a CCW permittee.
- This episode in Texas recently
- An episode in Richmond, VA in the nineties where a shooter who intended to copycat the Luby’s Cafeteria massacre (in Killeen, TX) was stopped after killing one person, by another citizen with a legal handgun.
- The New Life Church shooting spree in Colorado Springs in 2007, ended by Jeanne Assam.
- This episode in Texas, where an armed man killed a mass shooter (and died, himself); it’s generally agreed he saved several lives in the process.
- An unknown “good samaritan” in South Minneapolis prevented himself from being murdered, two years ago.
- A bouncer in Minneapolis prevented himself, and very possibly a number of other people, from being carved up like Christmas hams a few years ago.
- Details are still sketchy, but it’s very likely one “VT” of Saint Paul prevented a murder – his – and possibly his friend’s a few weeks ago.
If Heather Martens – or any of her supporters and employees – are talking, the rule of thumb is “assume they’re lying”. Because they are.