How many times, lately could one armed citizen who was willing and capable of decisive action have prevented tragedy? By sheer numbers we all are far less likely to meet a violent assault or death than say 2 centuries ago. People might be fooled by numbers-there are simply more of us so, statistically we are less likely to run across a villain but they are still out there. It is easy to believe the myth of the protective government. Easy to call for more "control" over firearms. It is a huge measure of personal courage to assume responsibility for having lethal force at one's disposal, much less using it in a sue-happy society. Personally, I'd rather have a means to respond to the unexpected, but I venture out without more often than not. Why? Calculated risk, I suppose. Most people would rather call for increased measures for all after the fact as opposed to full punishment for a guilty individual. For me it is a matter of responsibility which I find lacking in our fading Republic. There are wolves, yes. Perhaps that isn't a good analogy since wolves kill for food. Rabid dogs, perhaps? Putting down such an animal is done impassively-it simply needs to be done. If I had a child would I want an armed guardian at their school? Yes. Criminals don't observe gun laws. May the families involved in this tragedy find a measure of peace someday. May we all never grow so callous and jaded that such mindless violence has no affect on us.