The prerequisite, of course, to getting the correct answers is to ask the right questions. Doing so, of course, will often be extremely difficult, and for a wide variety of reasons.
Regarding the Trolley Square shooting incident: We understand that the perpetrator was stopped by an “off duty policeman”. Said off-duty policeman was also outside of the jurisdiction in which he worked as a policeman and was presumably carrying his own, privately-owned handgun (unless I’m wrong and it is in fact the policy of the Ogden Police Department that officers are allowed to carry their city-owned, issue weapons while off-duty and outside the jurisdiction).
So the questions you wont hear are:
Wouldn’t that make him just another, regular, armed citizen?
Wouldn’t he in fact have been a concealed carry permit holder, like you and me?
If so, how many concealed carry permit holders have you heard of being recommended for honors by city officials after using their guns to save lives, as has been done in this case by Ogden city officials?
Wouldn’t the normal response have been “No charges have been filed as of yet” if the defender had NOT been a policeman?
What might have happened if the perpetrator had done this in NYC, DC, San Francisco, or Chicago, where citizens cannot legally defend themselves with concealed firearms? In that case, wouldn’t we be treated to days or weeks of demands in the media for even more gun restrictions, even though the gun restrictions themselves had resulted in a higher death toll?
How should we, as concerned citizens, treat our public servants when they attempt to undermine our ability to defend ourselves and our families against aggression?
If the off-duty cop is indeed reduced to plain old concealed carry permit holder status, wasn’t he violating the law by carrying in a mall that was as I understand it a posted “gun free zone”?