The notion that "if only someone armed had been there" the next time (probably before the end of this month) some asshole goes on a spree shooting -- notice how it works in broad daylight amongst those who are actually trained in the use of weapons.
All nine people injured during a dramatic confrontation between police
and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were wounded by gunfire
from the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.
You cannot really criticize the officers for firing, but imagine if those who are NOT actually the police would act in such a situation?