I did not get to see the 20/20 program, but I did get to see the classroom scenario on a news program advertising the program.
At first I was enraged. Then I began to realize, they were pretty close to right. There was some bias against armed citizens, but there was still a lot of revealing truth as well.
First, everyone got to see just how fast these things can happen.
Second, everyone got to see how effective an untrained person is with a gun - pathetic.
Third, everyone got to see that nobody's magazine flew apart in the middle of a gunfight, and nobody had time or opportunity to reload. Carry a spare mag if you like, but if you think it's a substitute for education and training or that it prepares you for the worst, go back and watch the classroom shooting. This isn't just 20/20, I learned these very lessons in training.
Fourth, all kinds of tactical rules were broken by the defender with a gun - popping up to shoot which fully exposed the shooter, big, gross, unecessary movements that draw attention to yourself.
Every bit of what went wrong in the classroom shooting was due to lack of training. That's not to say that training wins everytime, but we can think of it as getting in a NASCAR and trying to go too fast. Notice I didn't say race a pro, I said try to go to fast.
So, I think there was some backlash that will have very positive effects on gun owners.
They should realize that if they are unarmed, they are doomed if they are in a classroom, etc. and an attack occurs.
They should also realize there is absolutely no way a lock down, email warnings, cell phones, SWAT, police, or campus security can protect them from an armed attack.
They should realize they need to get some serious training. Let's face it, people buy a gun, shoot 25 rounds through it and take the gun and the remaining 25 rounds home and put them away. A step up from that is they carry the gun. A step up from that is they shoot at a stationary paper target regularly and read gun magazines. Some of these very people then stick a spare mag on their belt so they are now prepared for the worst. Go back and watch the classroom shooting and consider if a spare mag would have helped. Again, and I want to be very clear about this, I'm not at all against carrying a spare mag; I am very concerned about the notion that is commonly projected that if you carry a spare mag you are prepared for the worst. Well that classroom was a worst - a spare mag on someone's belt wouldn't have helped in any way. I'm just saying, be careful what you're depending on as being prepared for the worst.
While I would like to have seen less bias and more honesty in the presentation, I think it was pretty revealing and a lot of eye-opening truth came out that they probably didn't intend.
I realize they were desperately trying to make the point that your gun won't help you, but what they really showed is get training and carry a gun to defend yourself or be slaughtered.