I posted this back in January: VIDEO: Here's proof that carrying a gun won't protect you in a crisis.
Chris Hayes takes it from there:
Another really scary and chaotic scene Saturday night in the middle of what is probably New York city's biggest intersection. At 42nd and 8th avenue, right near Times Square, NYPD officers were confronted by a man labeled as "agitated and disoriented," who seemed to be throwing himself into the path of oncoming traffic.
When police tried to subdue the man, he apparently reached into his pocket, pulled out his hand, and pretended to shoot the officers as if his hand was a gun. I'll let police commissioner Ray Kelly tell you what happened next:
"One officer fired one shot, not striking the individual. Another officer who had responded to the scene fired two shots at the individual, also not striking him. However, two bystanders on the northeast corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue were struck by bullets fired by the officers."
Did you get all that? The suspect was not shot at all, but those bullets fired from police guns found their way into the bodies of two bystanders...
An 11-year study ending in 2006 that looked at the rate in which New York police fired their guns found that officers hit their targets just 34% of the time.
Now, take a moment and think about the mass confusion that typifies mass shootings like the one that we saw this morning. A lot of the time, we can't tell how many shooters there are. Eyewitnesses are contradicting each other. Now add a bunch of armed citizens, not cops, but ordinary, armed folks firing their weapons into that blur of panic and confusion.
Take a second and think whether that's going to make things better. But that's the argument coming from some gun rights advocates....
This seemingly basic logic of not having a bunch of people with loaded weapons in a crowded space is actually put into practice by the people who run gun shows. From the website of Bill Goodman's gun and knife shows:
"For your safety, please ensure all magazines and weapons are empty before entering a show. Patrons who bring loaded magazines or weapons into the show will be refused entry and may be subject to prosecution."
And I'd argue that same bedrock logic applies just as well outside of gun shows.