Say a lone gunman walks into a local Wal-Mart at 0100 on Black Friday when the store is at the most packed it is likely to be that year. Say he walks up to one of the floor managers and empties a magazine into the man’s chest, for whatever reason. Say two on-the-ball private citizens who happened to be lawfully carrying sidearms at this Wal-Mart made the hard decision and stopped the threat posed by the gunman before he had the opportunity to shoot anyone else. Say, in the process of doing so, one concealed carrier discharges nine rounds and the other seven. Say nine of those shots hit the gunman, killing him, while three more shots hit bystanders and six other people were wounded by fragments from the bullets or the things they were hitting (this sums to more than 16 rounds due to overpenetrating bullets).
Can you imagine the hell those concealed carriers would be in afterwards? They would be facing countless charges apiece, ranging from "reckless endangerment" all the way up to various flavors of murder or manslaughter depending on the mood of the prosecutor and would probably go directly to jail, do not pass go, immediately after the cops arrived and controlled the situation. To pile on top of that, the anti-rights cultists would be dancing in the blood of the wounded victims, proclaiming this to be "proof" that no one should be trusted with carrying a firearm around in public, and they would be tallying up those casualties as further "gun violence" "victims" to exploit in the future.
With that hypothetical situation fresh in your mind, what do you think will happen to the two NYPD officers who shot down the Empire State Building shooter, and who wounded nine other people in the process? Specifically, how do you think their consequences will differ from an average citizen in similar circumstances?
Like others, I am not going to come out swinging for or against the NYPD, but I am going to say that if the police officers do not face similar consequences that a private citizen would if he or she had just done the same exact thing (and you and I both know they will not), there is something very broken in the system.
But you already knew that.