A Good Guy With a Gun

B9C60C41-6B49-456E-885A-B5B31B0DE222According to the National Rifle Association (NRA) “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” That is unless the good guy is a black man.

Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. was allegedly trying to help people in a shooting incident at an Alabama mall by waving them to safety. Unfortunately for EJ, he was carrying a gun, one for which he had a carry permit. And a policeman apparently didn’t take the time to find out if EJ was a good guy with a gun or a bad guy. He saw a black man with a gun and, assuming he was a criminal, fatally shot him.

The local police department has since made a statement saying that Bradford was likely not the gunman responsible for the initial shootings. That person remains at large.

The police also offered sympathy to EJ’s family, but threw in the caveat that his decision to pull out his weapon “heightened the sense of threat at an already chaotic scene.”

When is this country going to recognize that 300 million guns in a nation of 325 million people is not a good idea? When are our legislators going to have the courage to be the real good guys and stand up to the NRA in the interest of their constituents and enact common sense gun control legislation?