This thought was sent by a friend.
Australia has some pretty tough gun laws. Yet consider the following… Sydney, Australia, Monday morning, 15 Dec: A guy walks into a cafe with a shotgun. 16 plus hour standoff, with hundreds of police, begins. Area businesses shut down for a day, thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Thousands of dollars spent on police effort. News media around the world spending millions of dollars covering the siege. Other nations monitoring the situation, ready to give aid to Australian government, if needed. Police finally take action. Bad guy dead, 2 citizens dead, 4 citizens wounded.
Compare that to…
Las Cruces, NM, Sunday evening, 14 Dec (virtually the same time): A guy walks into a “Smoke Shop” with a shotgun. Store clerk is armed with a 9mm. In less then a minute, bad guy is dead. Police called to process the scene and take a report. Area businesses parking slightly inconvenienced because of cop cars. Area TV news media has a 20 second blurb on the evening news and the area news paper has a small article the next day. Prosecutor reportedly declines to press charges.
These two events are definitely something to think about.