Monday, July 18: Good Samaritans
What exactly is a "good guy with a gun"?
As is tradition in this crumbling empire, another mass shooting took place yesterday, this time in an Indiana mall. A lone shooter apparently walked into the food court and began firing his rifle, killing three people before he was stopped. This time the police weren’t the reason the shooting ended. In this case it was another civilian carrying a weapon that managed to shoot and kill the shooter. The term commonly used in this kind of situation is “good guy with a gun”, setting aside that both of these individuals were violating the law by carrying guns into the mall, a gun-free area. Obviously I’m not equating the intentions of two people because they both happened to have guns, and personally I’m glad a mass shooting was stopped as early as possible. However it emphasizes another dangerous precedent in this country; some feel the only way to feel safe and protected is to carry a deadly weapon.
“Someone we are calling the ‘good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed. I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation.”
-Greenwood, IN Mayor Mark Myers
As a non-Christian, I was curious to learn that the term “Good Samaritan” originates from a Biblical passage wherein a man from Samaria stops on the side of the road to help someone who is injured and ignored. Somehow we’ve stooped to a point of applying this term to someone taking another’s life. While I understand it’s a legal term intended to protect the citizen who stopped the shooting, I believe it feeds into this strange heroic fantasy that anytime someone bad has a gun, we can rely on a “good guy with a gun” to solve the problem.
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