Here’s a great account in Slate of a handgun owner who responded to news of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting nearby and almost shot a man with a gun — the man who had taken the gun from the mass killer. His split-second decision not to shoot was “lucky,” he says. The responsible gun owner instead joined those in tackling the shooter.

The article is also interesting for less felicitous news from gun-happy Arizona. I’ve often joked with hard-core gun advocates that their logical next step is required gun ownership for all. It’s not so far-fetched as I might have thought:


Now comes the tragedy in Tucson. And what do gun advocates propose? More guns. Arizona already lets people carry concealed weapons without requiring permits. The legislature is considering two bills to expand this right, and as Slate’s David Weigel reports, the Arizona Citizens Defense League is preparing legislation that would require the state to offer firearms training to politicians and their staff. The bill is tentatively titled the Giffords-Zimmerman Act in honor of the wounded congresswoman and her slain aide. “When everyone is carrying a firearm, nobody is going to be a victim,” argues the state’s top pro-gun legislator.

When everybody — everybody — has a gun, nobody will be a victim? That’s extreme even for the Arkansas Blog’s gun nuts. Isn’t it?

RELATED: Arizona wants no limits on guns but it does have some supporters of limiting free speech.


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