Thomas Sowell, I agree with much of what you say but you give up too much ground when you say citizens cannot be trained to fight with a gun. Granted, presentation usually suffices. You are right about that. But citizens, even the elderly and infirm, must and certainly can be trained to fight. And we provide that training free of charge at our estate planning seminar.
The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association’s “fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out.” Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years — but almost never seeing the light of day in the New York Times or the rest of the mainstream media — show many thousands of examples of people defending themselves with a gun each year, without having to pull the trigger.