Check out this video from the BBC, I don’t think it’ll let me embed it. A woman is claiming that her having a gun with her in the bar could’ve saved her husband’s life, after a stalker followed her into the bar where she runs a karaoke night and shot her husband dead earlier this year. This comes ahead of a new law which will allow registered gun users in Tennessee to carry loaded guns into bars and restaurants.
Now I didn’t really care until she came out with this line about halfway through the video: “you know I don’t care so much, about a bad guy’s life. I’m sorry, I don’t. They make the choice to do evil. That’s their choice.” To me this indicates a naive black and white perception of people, categorizing them into good and evil, as if it’s that simple.
So let’s look at her claims. Well, I’m skeptical that her having a gun would’ve saved her husband in the first place. Let’s say her stalker walks into the bar and suddenly pulls a gun. It takes half a second to kill her husband. Then she reaches for her gun and he shoots her as well, and we’ve got (at least) two body bags on the way out of the building. Having an extra gun there just escalates the situation needlessly.
But this is just this one relatively rare scenario where a stalker goes out looking to kill. What would happen to ordinary situations if guns were introduced? A guy’s at the bar and catches another guy checking out his girlfriend. Ordinarily if he’s had a few drinks he might go over and punch the guy in the face, but if he’s got a gun, there’s the possibility he’ll pull it, and then we’ve got a dead guy instead of a guy with a black eye, and then his friend pulls and gun and gets involved, and we’ve got how many dead people instead of one guy with a black eye. How many drunken disagreements and fights do you see in bars? Would you want to add guns to that situation? It may only be registered gun users who can take them in but so what? Who’s going to be checking on the door of every bar whether they have registration documents for their weapon, and it’s not like it’s difficult to be a registered user anyway!
Here’s the one I’m most concerned about though. A guy’s had a few too many and the barman refuses to give him any more. He takes this as a personal insult, as has happened several times to me personally, and pulls a gun. Is there any less appropriate place to allow guns than in a place that serves alcohol? When will this wannabe cowboys realise that having more guns is never going to solve the problem? All you have to do is look at their gun crime figures and see that most of those situations could’ve been prevented or would’ve been considerably less deadly if there’d been no guns involved at all.