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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Packing Heat: Good News or Bad News?

Both anti-gun and pro-gun advocates say the Arroyo shooting spree case proves their point. Who is right? AP reported:

When gunfire erupted in the Tyler town square, Mark Alan Wilson didn't hesitate: He grabbed a Colt .45 handgun and charged downstairs from his apartment to confront the shooter.

David Hernandez Arroyo had just killed his ex-wife and was turning on his 21-year-old son when Wilson arrived and fired his weapon at Arroyo, saving the young man's life. But Arroyo's body armor deflected Wilson's bullets, and Arroyo fatally shot Wilson with an AK-47 semiautomatic weapon.

Wilson's actions have drawn hearty praise from gun advocates who say he probably saved more lives than just Arroyo's son. But gun control groups say Wilson's death proves that carrying a gun increases a person's chances of getting killed.

Police shot and killed Arroyo following a chase that lasted several miles.

Gun-Law Questions Raised in Texas Shooting [Officer.com, Mar. 1, 2005]
Video Shows Texas Courthouse Shooting [turnto10.com, Mar. 1, 2005]
DA's Office Releases Courthouse Shooting Video [kltv, Feb. 28, 2005]
VIDEO, TAPES TELL STORY OF TERROR [zwire.com, Feb. 28, 2005]

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