You wanna know why I carry a firearm? Because a policeman is too heavy. I wish I could take credit for that line, but I’m not nearly that pithy. My cheap plagiarism notwithstanding, that line is true. After all, when seconds matter, the police are minutes away.
This all came to my mind today because the eminent Judge Andrew Napolitano recently reminded us why instant access to the proper means of defense is essential to your self preservation. In the wake of the horrific killing spree in Orlando, many have been eager to place blame on the gun, a political system, or a religion. But the actual root of the problem is pretty straightforward and far more fundamental in nature. Many people died because nobody in that night club was prepared to defend themselves – neither mentally nor physically. They all relied on a few dubious notions that, when coupled together, formed a perfect storm of victimhood. Their mistaken thinking included the following lines of thought:
- “The police prevent and deter mass shootings and violent crime in general”
- “Violence is what happens to other people”
- “If something bad does happen, I can shelter in place until the good guys come to rescue me.”
These fatal philosophies are commonplace in our society today but neither reality nor statistics supports them. And in this sad case, these all too common misconceptions cost 49 people their lives and countless others their livelihood. I pray that the departed victims were able to reconcile their sins, atone, and be admitted into God’s kingdom. Hopefully their suffering ended with their terrestrial life.
But it didn’t need to be that way. What if anyone (even one person) had been properly armed and prepared to defend himself? Could he have fired back and taken down the madman? At the very least could he have annoyed the assailant briefly enough to allow others to fight back? And would this have reduced the grizzly number of deaths? Maybe. Maybe not. Surely we’ll never know. But that’s because law-abiding citizens are legally prohibited from carrying the necessary equipment to put any sort of real defense plan into action. Way to go, gun-free zone.
And what’s most sickening to me is that we don’t seem to be learning. It’s not just a few mass shootings that have shown us how to stop these lunatics — it’s nearly all of them that give us the roadmap. We stop them with a confident, decisive, and powerful defense of our very existence. And when the assailant is bringing a gun to the fight, you better believe I’m going to bring mine.
All these mass killings have the same ending: The killer stops only when he is killed. But that requires someone else with a gun to be there. Shouldn’t that be sooner rather than later?
— Judge Andrew Napolitano
I don’t know about you, but when the feces hits the fan, I’d rather not sit defenseless and wait 20 minutes (sometimes far longer) for someone to come to my rescue. I’d rather have instant access to defend myself and my loved ones.
Please check out the Judge’s article below. It’s well worth your time.