There’s all this talk lately about banning guns and the rights of citizens in the news. Everyone feels that they need to protect themselves for gunmen if sh*t is about to hit the fan. But the question is can you really defend yourself from someone spraying bullets? Well a recent test on the Daily Show was conducted to see just that. Here are the results…
“On Thursday, The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper put the theory to the test. He trained on the basics of using a firearm and got a concealed carry permit that’s valid in 30 states. Then he participated in mass shooting simulations to see how, exactly, he would hold up in such a scenario.
He failed. Miserably. In his final test, which simulated a school shooting, he shot an unarmed civilian, and he was shot multiple times by the active shooters and even law enforcement, who mistook him for the bad guy. He never took down the active shooters.
Klepper isn’t the first to show just how badly the majority of people would do in mass shooting situations. Multiple simulations have demonstrated that most people, if placed in an active shooter situation while armed, will not be able to stop a shooter, and may in fact get themselves killed in the process.
As instructors told Klepper, it requires hundreds of hours of training to be able to deal with these types of situations. “There’s never enough training,” said Coby Briehn, a senior instructor at Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), which trains law enforcement on how to deal with active shooter events. “You can never get enough.”
The results explain why it’s so rare for “a good guy with a gun” to stop active shooters. According to the FBI’s report on active shooter events between 2000 and 2013, only about 3 percent were stopped by a civilian with a gun.
Unarmed civilians actually stopped more incidents — about 13 percent. Most of the incidents — more than 56 percent — ended on the shooter’s initiative, when the shooter either killed himself or herself, simply stopped shooting, or fled the scene.
More guns mean more gun deaths
The theory behind the mantra of “a good guy with a gun” is that more people should be armed, so they can be ready to defend themselves and others from an active shooter.
But the research suggests that’s plainly false: When there are more guns, there are far more gun deaths. Studies have found this to be true again and again — for homicides, suicides, domestic violence, and violence against police.”
I guess the numbers don’t lie. I would have never thought that unarmed civilians stopped about 13 percent of gun incidents compared to a mere 3 percent of those that were armed. So you might want to think about trying to save the day if you see some stuff go down.