Ed Schultz, an MSNBC commentator claimed during his Thursday broadcast that a civilian has never stopped a shooting. Glenn Beck and his staff at The Blaze set out on a quest to prove Schultz wrong. The admitted President Barack Obama supporter and radio host uttered the claims when voicing his opposition to placing armed personnel in schools.
The MSNBC journalist had this to say about arming school staffers during his recent broadcast:
“Would it be a deterrent if, you know, say perpetrators know that there’s guns in the schools? How do we now they wouldn’t view that as a challenge? I mean, we got a goofy world out there. I’m just not convinced that packing a small firearm is the best defense or certainly not the best defense. You now, you want to make the best defense? Make the school a d**n fortress. I mean, you could do that, I mean but, is that reasonable? Is it necessary? We’ve never had a civilian stop a shooting.”
A video clip from MRC TV was used to back up Beck’s argument that Ed Schultz couldn’t be more wrong about the ability of an American citizen to protect the community. According to statistics in the video, 14.3 shooting rampages have been stopped by police officers and 2.3 have been stopped due to the actions of armed civilians.
A recent report in Mother Jones magazine appears to support Ed Schultz’s claim that a civilian with a concealed carry permit has never been able to stop a mass shooting. The Weekly Standard offered an intriguing opposing view. Journalist Mark Hemingway noted armed common citizens have been able to thwart mass shootings before they become mass shootings.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the White House is reportedly considering reviving a cops in schools program which began under Bill Clinton. Do you think armed civilians increase community and school safety?