A reader recently forwarded an article where a prominent author on women's personal defense issues was offering her opinions related to the Colorado tragedy and pending firearms legislation. She was quoted as supporting banning "assault weapons", as defined in the reference piece that could include anything with a magazine capacity over 10 rounds. She was also quoted as agreeing with the ban on online ammunition sales. And, my favorite quote related that she didn't think a 3 year old could pull a trigger if they accidentally found a firearm.
This is someone I respected, even if I didn't agree with her in all cases. Now, in my opinion, she has missed the mark. I know many people who can do a "tactical reload" in the time it takes some folks to pull the trigger once. I buy ammo on line in bulk to save money. And..."Assault Weapons" is a bit of a misnomer...as we all know, it isn't the gun that kills it is the person wielding it. And, a 3 year old probably can pull the trigger on a semi-auto with little trouble. But she has been pictured with a revolver which many adults have trouble pulling the trigger on.
To use the tragedy in Colorado to promote political views is unfair to the victims and their families, and to all of us. Had the patrons in the theater been allowed to lawfully carry concealed firearms, things might have ended differently. But they were banned from protecting themselves by the theater's policy.
We all have opinions. We are all entitiled to share, however, when one is quoted as an "expert" the burden is higher to be non-political and ethical.