the entry into the field and licensure is limited to keep supply low, and demand is high;
The entry into the field (PharmD graduates) has almost doubled this century, so it's not very limited anymore.
You're not seriously suggesting that this was just some random office party shoot up are you?
Nice non sequitur.
No but proper training will. I don't think that anyone should possess a firearm without proper training. If the government is to play a role in this at all it should be in setting up mandatory training.
Good. Certification or they just have to show up for the training? Also, since this is the scenario we are talking about: what level of training covers taking out a shooter in a crowded room? Federal Air Marshall pistol qualification? Should we assume that people who can shoot a target at a range will hit the correct person while being shot at?
Who you do you thing the bad guys target?
Other criminals, for the most part. After that: young black males. If you don't fall in those categories, you really have better things to worry about than being shot to death. Go get some exercise, quit smoking,
When it comes to the safety of my family I take matters into my own hands.
If the safety is in the form of a gun, put it in the wife's hands, not the husband's. Most female murder victims are killed by a family member, most often the husband/SO/Ex.
Nobody is suggesting that anyone should be packing at the office Christmas party.
The San Bernadino massacre was at an office holiday party, and TV and the internets have been full of people saying how it should have been full of armed citizens.
"Considering that in the US accidental shootings alone kill ~10 times more people than mass shootings, I think more people would die rather than fewer"
- Would you care to cite any reliable sources on this?
Mass shooting deaths (FBI):
Accidental shooting deaths (CDC):
Meanwhile, I would suggest that many of the accidental shootings occur because of lack of training in the use of firearms and improper storage of firearms. The trigger doesn't pull itself.
Yes, absolutely. And upping the number of people carrying won't magically increase the percentage of them using holsters and gun safes correctly.
What he doesn't want to admit to is that is citizens are armed then these types of terror attacks would have minimal or no damage. Instead of everyone standing around watching people get shot someone will pull out a piece and shoot the shooter.
So how many armed civilians do you need to drop the mass killing rate by 50%? Quite a lot to have 1 or more on hand at every large gathering. Bear in mind, dropping the mass killing rate by half would drop the homicide rate by less than 0.3%. Meanwhile, now every office party where people are drinking now has at least someone armed in attendance. Does getting a CCW permit automatically cause abstinence from drinking and drug use while carrying? What could go wrong? Considering that in the US accidental shootings alone kill ~10 times more people than mass shootings, I think more people would die rather than fewer.
Quantity is no substitute for quality, but its the only one we've got.