And I continue to beat this not-dead horse because of the fear that too many people, good people who honestly want to protect our children but are misguided in their beliefs on what will best do that, will be satisfied that a ban similar to the previous one will be sufficient and then no further action will be taken... until the next time.
Police and other first responders took 20 minutes to respond. TWENTY minutes. The axiom that "when seconds count, the police are only minutes away" has never been more true. With this kind of time, magazine capacity is totally irrelevant.
A CCW at the school might have been able to limit the death of innocents to just a couple (I know... it's no consolation, but bear with me). After all, this turd didn't stop because he ran out of ammo, gun malfunctioned, etc. He took his own life when he saw law enforcement approached... 20 minutes later. Would a CCW, firing on him, caused him to do so sooner or actually stopped him? Would the known presence of CCW at the school prevented any of this? We simply don't know, and anybody (even me) insinuating that it would is just guessing (albeit the gun-free zone theory is pretty rock solid, historically speaking). But one thing we do know is that these assholes always seem to take their own lives, or are stopped, when they come face to face with someone willing to fight back on an equal footing (firearms).
I don't know. I'm sure that my feelings on this are just as emotionally "tainted" as those with opposing viewpoints, even though I think I am thinking clearly. All I am sure of is that gun-free zones don't work. Everything else is just my theory on how to prevent tragedy such as this in the future.
I know I would like to say "fuck you" to the culture that has made me even think about NECESSARY ways to protect innocent children. And that includes the gun culture that allows everyone a weapon without any valid significant oversight as well as the dumb ass that thought gun-free zones was a partial answer. If anything can make you rethink a particular stance, it's shit like this.