A Buffalo resident who had just left the supermarket where a mass shooting took place this past weekend was interviewed by the media after the incident. And I have to say, I agree with his statement. New York is one of the few “May Issue” states left, which means it is up to a judge as to whether or not you will get a concealed carry permit. This, along with the fact that New York doesn’t recognize any other state’s permits, there are much fewer concealed carriers than compared to other states, such as Florida, which has over 2 million permit holders.
“This is ridiculous. Something has to change from the bottom to the top. If they are not going to do something, we have to do something. This is ridiculous. After the security guard got shot, he got a gun shooting people still. If more people were armed and knew what they were doing with a gun… cause it’s not the gun, it’s the person with the gun that don’t know how to act.”
I don’t know how you can prevent something like this from happening again. The police can’t be everywhere. And making it harder for law-abiding citizens to carry a gun for self-defense or implementing more gun-free zones is not an answer.