Saturday, December 15, 2007
There's a big gun show in Portland this weekend, and it will have in one building thousands of -- if not tens of thousands -- guns of all stripes -- handguns, rifles, shotguns, assault rifles, even a few submachines guns. Enough ammo to run a small war, and kits to clean up the hardware after.
During the run, a several thousand people will shuffle through, looking, buying, selling. A lot of them will be armed and carrying concealed.
In the wake of the recent tragedy at the shopping mall in Omaha, I wondered how dangerous a gun show might be compared to a mall, vis a vis being shot.
Here's what I found: Dozens of people have been shot at malls, all of whom I could find out about on purpose, and a bunch of them killed.
One person was killed at a gun show, and a handful slightly injured by a ricochet at another show, and both of those accidents ...
So, offhand, I'd say your chances of getting murdered are much higher at a mall than at a gun show.