Fox & Friends debate: Should all Americans carry guns?
The acts of a plainclothes female security guard, who shot and killed a gunman at the New Life Church in Colorado, is heating up the debate over gun control laws, prompting panelists on Fox's Fox & Friends to discuss if all Americans should be armed.
"I hope this represents a change in the way we think about gun-free zones," said Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America, "because heretofore, we've had these kinds of bad guys attacking schools and churches and they don't meet any armed resistance ... I think we have to get it through our heads: gun-free zones are criminal-friendly zones."
Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence reminded Pratt that "we're not talking about laws" but rather the independent decisions of churches, schools, and private businesses to prohibit guns on their property. And while it may be valuable to give trained personnel weapons, "the real problem here," he said, "is we make it too easy as a society to get these assault weapons."
Pratt laughed at Helmke's suggestion. "If Paul wants to have another policy, maybe he can put a sign up at his house that says, 'No guns in this house,'" he said. "I'd like to see how that works."
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast on December 11, 2007.