A Las Vegas judge used the sentencing of a man who went on a stabbing rampage at a county social services office to question why more public officials aren’t allowed to carry firearms, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. District Judge Donald Mosley said Michael McLaughlin’s 2002 attack on three people could have been deterred if a security guard had been armed. “If that security guard had a firearm, we wouldn’t be here today,” Mosley said. “We might be at a funeral, but we wouldn’t be here.” The judge sentenced McLaughlin, 39, to 52 to 130 years in prison. “The mayhem you created, and the abject fear you created, is inexcusable,” the judge said.
Darryl Martin, Clark County’s director of social services, said that because of the stabbings, security has been boosted at all social services offices. Now, all of the buildings have metal detectors and at least two guards, one of whom is armed. McLaughlin, a five-time convicted felon who admits he was under the influence of drugs, had no appointment, but he was told someone would meet with him. Without provocation, McLaughlin then brandished a knife and started stabbing workers.