Nearly everyone has heard about the shooting in Arizona- where obviously unstable Jared Lee Loughner went on a shooting spree killing 6 people and wounding 14 others. What you probably didn't hear about (because the liberal media tends to ignore these sort of details) is that armed citizen Joseph Zamudio helped to subdue the shooter. He was next door at a Walgreens when the shooting took place- he reacted as any good armed citizen would- he hurried to the scene where he heard shots being fired. Unfortunately, by the time he was in range of the suspect, the suspect had already been subdued by others, and Joseph helped to hold him down until the police arrived.
Had he been in the crowd, or closer to the scene, he likely would have saved many lives by shooting Mr. Loughner dead in his tracks. Obviously the headlines would have read quite differently had that happened- and it almost did. That's why it's so important that responsible citizens arm themselves and take it upon themselves to protect their families and fellow citizens. That is what a free society is all about.
Gun control is certainly not the answer. A lunatic with a sword could have easily killed and wounded as many or more people. But what's more, those who are intent on breaking the law will never have a problem obtaining a firearm on the black market, or even making one in their basement. It's not rocket science.
Armed citizens save lives. Period.