Unless you’ve had your head under a rock, you have no doubt heard about the tragic murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was an unarmed honor guard at the National War Memorial. Later the gunman was taken down by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers in the Canadian Parliament. I want to focus on these two individuals, one who was slain for no reason at all and another who did his duty and by all accounts is a hero. Often when tragedies occur we focus our attention on the person who committed the act, so much so that their name is the only thing we remember about the event. In this case let’s change the memory to be that of Cpl. Cirillo and the actions of Sergeant-at-Arms Vickers. I think that will honor the memory of the slain and injured and the actions of those who responded.
My only comment about the gunman will be regarding the choice of firearm. It is certainly a rifle and based on the hammer and appearance I’m going to conclude this is a lever-action, most likely a .30-30 since they are widely available and used often for hunting. The magazine appears full length so it would hold no more than seven rounds. Where I am going with this is no magazine restriction, even a tubular magazine restriction would have stopped this act. No pistol registration would have stopped this act. No scary gun AR ban would have stopped this act. What ultimately stopped this act was a good guy with a gun!