Everyone is pointing out that the recruiting office in Chattanooga was a "No Guns" zone. and everyone is at lest insinuating that had those folks been allowed to arm themselves that things would be different.
Probably not, however. Likely nothing would have changed. The asshole (I won't bother naming him, everyone else has used his name way too much) reportedly used a "High Powered Rifle" to shoot at the recruiting center and kill the marines from OUTSIDE the facility.
Shot through the glass.
When you are working, or shopping are you that vigilant that you are watching the people 100 feet away OUTSIDE THE BUILDING?
I'm likely one of the most....some might say...paranoid...people that I know. If I could remount my eyeballs to scan better, I'd have it done. Always in "Condition Yellow" .Yet I'd have likely missed a threat outside the building a hundred feet away while I was working as well.
You can't be 100% vigilant all of the time and still be out in the world doing things and getting wotk done. At some point you have to look at what is in front of you. Do a job, read a printout or a computer screen.
You are probably at home reading this. And if you are reading this, then you aren't scanning for threats...... what about the guy driving by pointing a gun at your house?
Oh, you didn't see him? All you heard was when he popped of three or 12 shots at the walls in which you reside? Yeah, well, too late.
And you CAN be armed. Not that it matters, really. The Marines weren't looking for a threat. Had no reason to believe that there was one....Even if they had been armed. what would have changed?