The Obvious Message the Media Missed About Mass Murder

The Obvious Message the Media Missed About Mass Murder

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Some crazy young men committed mass murder. They might have been driven by a political cause, but maybe not. If they were like the other murderers we’ve studied, then they mostly killed to get media attention. The mainstream media looked at these atrocities and claimed the United States is filled with xenophobic, racist, gun-nuts, and all of us should be disarmed. The media was so busy promoting their talking points that they missed some significant events that happened after the attack. We are not who the media says we are, but the media can’t see us.

Here is what I saw. The concealed carry classes in El Paso, Texas were filling up. The reason for that is easy to understand. In contrast to what the media says about us, we are a peaceful people. We want to live and let live. That attitude changes when you shoot our neighbors. The murderer in El Paso walked into a shopping mall and started shooting people with brown skin. We all go to the mall at some time. We have friends of every color. That murderer attacked us.

Rather than avoiding the mall, we decided to protect ourselves. Rather than retreating from our friends and hiding from the next murderer, many of us decided to go armed.

Gun ownership is fairly common in southwest Texas. What isn’t commonly knows is that Texas gun laws are fairly restrictive. Texans need a state permit to carry a firearm in public. You have to take a concealed carry class before you can apply for your permit to carry a firearm concealed in public. That is why the concealed carry classes filled up after the recent attack. Ordinary people wanted to be armed.

Think about what that means. We know the police can’t be there to protect us. We don’t want to be shot. We don’t want our family to be shot. We don’t want our neighbors to be shot either. We felt the obligation to protect ourselves, our family, and our neighbors..and we acted on those feelings. We changed our lives in many small ways.

Many of us went out and found a gun we liked and bought it. We also bought training on how to use it. If we already had a gun, then many of us realized it had been too long since we went to the range to practice with it. If we were already familiar with our firearms, then many of us wanted to carry our personal firearm in public. Perhaps our spouse has her permit, but that is no reason we shouldn’t get our permit as well. The person who already had a carry permit decided it was time to carry more often. People with a concealed carry permit and who carry every day wished they had been at the mall to protect their neighbors.

That is why the gun stores in El Paso were suddenly busy. That is why the shooting ranges in the El Paso area filled up. That is why the concealed carry classes in southwest Texas suddenly had more students. I talked to my friends who work in the industry and the central Texas gun ranges were busy too. Crazy busy.

Who are all these people who suddenly want to protect their neighbors? These honest gun owners are the people that the mainstream media, and some democrat candidates, said were founded in racism. That isn’t who we are. We’re outraged that someone would attack our neighbors.

The cops can’t stop it, but we can.

Protecting our communities is the social change that the mainstream media can’t see. That social change is easiest to see right now in southwest Texas. I bet we are making similar decisions all across the country, but to a lesser degree. It is hard to be sure since concealed is concealed.

You see more than I do. Have you changed your habits or noticed a change in your area after these public attacks? Please leave a comment and tell us what you see.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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    RayJN
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    RayJN

    One big item I saw only once was the that the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, shooters were both registered DEMOCRATS!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    I don’t know how it is in S. Texas but where I live the mall is a no gun zone as well as the hospitals and doctor’s offices. That is not a happy sign to see the gun in a circle with a line through it. Fortunately, it hasn’t caused a killing zone as yet.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    For quite a few years I’ve carried a compact single stack .40 SW, six and one, no spare mag. As things began to go off the rails in the new TDS era after the last election, I began to rethink things. I decided to begin carrying a full sized nine, 13 + 1, spare mag. It is quite a bit larger, and thus I’ve beem”made” more times in the last year than I had in the previous ten. I don’t care. Open carry is legal here, and the laws against “brandishing” are very speicific.. the holder of the gun MUST… Read more »

    Dave C
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    Dave C

    End the “gun free zones” AKA. “Killing Fields” and the mass murders will go down. Most of those punks don’t want to take a chance at being shot at.

    HoundDogDave
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    HoundDogDave

    “Have you changed your habits or noticed a change in your area after these public attacks?” I really hadn’t thought about it, but now that you mention it, Yes. Normally concealment is a priority, so in warmer weather I generally only EDC my single stack compact pocket BUG. But in recent weeks I have started being less concerned about the possibility of printing and have been also carrying one of my standard size weapons. I hadn’t really considered why I made the change, only that it felt like something I should be doing. And although nothing has really changed locally,… Read more »

    DLTF
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    DLTF

    I live in central Alberta, near Edmonton. I haven’t noticed any changes in how people are acting. I may be one of only a few that have increased their vigilance when out and about. I’ve instructed my daughter’s and grandchildren to keep their eyes peeled when surrounded by the public. It’s better safe than sorry, it can happen anywhere.

    JPM
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    JPM

    They didn’t “Miss” it, they are ignoring it as it doesn’t fit their agenda.

    ScottMc
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    ScottMc

    Not many changes here, but I live in West Virginia, the first free state west of the Atlantic Ocean these days now that we’ve lost Virginia,

    One NRA instructor, since retired, who taught most local early concealed weapons courses before Constitutional carry was enacted, told me several years ago that when he went to the local mall he often saw former students including many women. These students would say hello or nod and simply give him a meaningful look. Although not often recognized this is not a good place to start something.

    Rowboat
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    Rowboat

    Mass murderers are the American equivalent of the suicide bombers. Most know they are going to die in the process of their murderous acts, either by cop or self inflicted death; it is rare that they actually survive this, therefore the death penalty is of no consideration and in fact, is the glorified end they seek.
    Oblige them .

    GAMtns
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    GAMtns

    Very few people ask me why I carry anymore. In fact I can’t remember the last time I was asked.

    David29302
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    David29302

    When people ask why I carry a gun I tell them because I can’t carry a cop

    Laddyboy
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    Laddyboy

    @USA: Where are the pictures or video whereof you speak? You mentioned them. SHOW THEM!

    Ansel Hazen
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    Ansel Hazen

    Links or STFU

    Laddyboy
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    Laddyboy

    Has going to the malls changed since these BRAINWASHED KILLERS received their orders to attack INNOCENT Civilians? YES!! My wife REFUSES to go into a mall. She often balks when asked if she will go shopping with me. ENFORCE the LAWS that are on the books! Bring back the DEATH PENALTY for these killers. Allow the government to LEGALLY EXECUTE these DOMESTIC TERRORISTS!!!!!!!!

    Deplorable Bill
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    Deplorable Bill

    The fact is that WE ARE THE FIRST RESPONDERS. WE are responsible for the welfare and lives of our spouse, children, friends, neighbors, co workers, the innocent person on the street and ourselves. The cops can’t be everywhere, all the time, nor would anyone who has ever seen a police state want them to. That leaves just us., at least until the cavalry arrives. Had someone been armed and had some cahonies to do what was necessary in that El Paso Wall Mart, there would have been less or maybe no loss of life. Just pointing out the obvious. You… Read more »

    Nam62
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    Nam62

    Thank God I live in Idaho we don’t need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Even though you can get an enhanced permit.
    Now that I have a Ruger LCP it is in my pocket all day long. The only time I don’t carry now is when I’m in the shower or in bed.