The revolver pictured here is a Smith & Wesson Model 686, which is a .357 caliber revolver with a 4" barrel. I know that there are a lot of people who feel that we should have stricter laws concerning the availability of guns. I guess that if we lived in a perfect world, no one would have to own a gun. But a gun is nothing more than a tool and if properly used, causes no harm. It is no different from an ax, or a brick, or a can of gasoline. I remember just after the Long Island Railroad massacre that there was an outcry to ban handguns. But would it have made any difference if Colin Ferguson had thrown a bomb into that car? Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with fuel oil and fertilizer. Should they be banned? A person determined to wreak havoc and commit murder will use any means available. More than 80 people were killed in a social club in New York when someone threw a gasoline bomb into a crowded room.
As long as there are bad guys out there and they have guns, I think the playing field should be level. To tell the good guys that they can't have guns is unfair. It gives the perpetrators an unequal advantage. A mugger might think twice about mugging someone if he thought he would get shot for his trouble. It seems to me, that if there had been one armed citizen, properly trained in the use of firearms, aboard that train, Colin Ferguson might have been stopped from killing and wounding those innocent people.
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