This columnist is demonstrating the classic straw man argument and doing it badly. No one is suggesting the solutions she is debunking, she has taken their positions and twisted them badly. As for gun owners forming a circular firing squad around a gun-toting criminal, sorry but we aren't as stupid as that. In the real world the rest of us inhabit a CCW permit holder simply having a weapon has proved sufficient in the past, and has stopped many a criminal. They may be first and they may be crazy but they don't like the odds when someone else has a weapon - more often than not they immediately disarm and give up or shoot themselves. Either way, problem solved.