Did A Gun Law Prevent Saving Lives?

Off-duty police officers were reported to be in the bar where the mass shooting happened, though none of them had their pistols on them. Breitbart reports:

THOUSAND OAKS, California — Six off-duty police officers were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire on those present.

Twelve people were killed as the gunman, who has been identified as David Ian Long, attacked the bar using a smoke device and a .45-caliber handgun. Many of those present were young people, on hand for “college night.”

Captain Garo Kuredjian, Media Relations Officer for the Ventura County Police Department, told Breitbart News on the scene that there had been three officers from the Oxnard Police Department and three from the Los Angeles Police Department inside the Borderline, all off duty.

They were likely unarmed, he said, though he could not yet confirm that information, nor could he yet say if and how they had assisted victims or confronted the gunman.

Though not handling firearms and alcohol is a good policy, it is unclear if they were forbidden from having them or if it was their choice. This is a tragic irony in any case.