Thanks to War on Guns for pointing this one out.
A kid comes into a classroom with "An air pistol. A shotgun. A hunting knife." Okay, so one of those is a real firearm, one is a pellet gun, and one is a knife. The kid pulled them all out, according to the article. Had someone been armed, that's a lot of time to draw.
"In North Carolina, it is easier to get a shotgun or rifle than a handgun. People under the age of 18 cannot buy a shotgun, but minors can possess a shotgun with few legal barriers." It's easier across the nation. And the law regarding minors buying/possessing firearms under the age of 18 is federal.
"'Even the most ardent gun owner ... agrees that kids shouldn't have guns,' said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign/Center to Prevent Gun Violence. " Oh, really, Paul? I had guns as a kid. And I'm not talking about just under 18. I mean as a youngster. BB guns when I was 6 or 7, a .22 shortly thereafter. And I was shooting guns before I ever had one. Did I go into a classroom and pull a shotgun? No.
"'The question is whether you allow law-abiding citizens to defend themselves,' Valone said.
"Kukla disagreed. She said one fortunate aspect of the incident is that nobody was injured -- including Foster." If someone had been armed, he likely would have backed down (especially if they'd drawn while he was pulling his three weapons out). If he had really wanted to kill people, he would have come in shooting. This was a power play on his part, and he had the power. And an armed assailant will have the power as long as the sheeple are unarmed.