The debate over America’s gun violence grows as news of mass shootings and murders regularly roll across our screen. Last week in Las Vegas, married couple Jerad and Amanda Miller went on a rampage, killing two police officers before migrating to a nearby Walmart store. Joseph Wilcox, a civilian at that Walmart with a concealed carry permit and gun, attempted to stop the cop-killers but was fatally shot.
The devastating incident sparked Gawker’s Adam Weinstein (who used to work at Fusion) to write a piece titled: “It’s Really Hard To Be A Good Guy With a Gun.”
“This was a really tragic situation and the more that I read about what Joseph Wilcox did which was very courageous.s somebody who’s owned guns basically since I was old enough for it to be legal and who has a concealed carry permit here in Florida and has since I was 21, I thought myself into Mr. Wilcox’s position and to be perfectly honest knowing what he did and seeing what he saw, I could totally see myself making the judgment,” Weinstein said. “And the problem is it worked out tragically for him and it really got me thinking about all of the complications that come with being even a law-abiding, well-intentioned, good guy with a gun and how hard it really is to make a positive difference and how we are not really having that conversation right now.”
The NRA philosophy has stated “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Weinstein says this is no longer the case: “The big thing is the NRA just loves cliches and they don’t like unpacking those and talking about what they mean and they’ve sort of pushed pro-fun folks into that same direction,” Weinstein said. “What does it mean to be a good guy? How much training does a good guy need? And are they really thinking themselves into these scenarios? What would I do if I was in [Joseph] Wilcox’s position?”