Thanks for the discussion. It is always good to have a chance to bat back and forth some of our opinions.
As to the charge of media-bashing:
I think many of us on this forum get tired of and frustrated with reporting that is so inaccurate that it is hard NOT to wonder if there is an agenda. It doesn't take MUCH research to figure out that 9mm pistols are not 'high powered' or that semi-automatic weapons fire 'hundreds of rounds per second.' This kind of stuff happens so often that you cannot help but wonder if the reporting is so poor due to either bias or incompetence. I am personally open to either interpretation, but one or the other must be true: an anti-gun agenda, or such shoddy reporting as to be nearly worthless. In other words, in response to your comment that the media reports without speculation - most media reportage is WITH speculation because of the lack of real facts.
It is also an intellectual exercise to think about some of these events, but most often the lack of information is so great that it is mostly speculation on our parts as to what may have actually happened, and how we might respond in a similar situation. In this case, the reporter doesn't tell us if the shooter brought the gun into the restaurant (which is against the law in TN if it serves alcohol, something Hooters surely does) or went outside to retrieve it from a vehicle; we don't have eyewitness information about whether the perp was drunk/drinking, etc.
Again, thanks for getting our thinking caps working. It makes for a better lazy Sunday afternoon.