I really was. I was going to let the gun control people - the ones who begin their rhetoric before the bodies have cooled - and the defenders of our right to bear arms, duke it out.
But then I had a conversation with a lady who, in all other respects, is a nice, sensible, caring lady, but who is in favor of getting rid of all firearms. She really believes that if we all turned in our guns the problem of mass shootings would be solved.
I suppose I could have given her the standard arguments. Could have cited statistics favoring firearm ownership. Could have pointed out that the gun is nothing more than a tool and is not responsible for killing people. The person holding the gun is the one at fault. Could have said that gun confiscation leaves the honest citizen vulnerable to attack, while the criminal to whom the law has no meaning, will still obtain his firearms. Could have mentioned that while I believe that the mentally disturbed should not possess guns, there are way too many who fall through the cracks. They do not visit mental health facilities. They may avoid the people who might 'see something, say something.' Same goes for the millions of illegal aliens living here who stay under the radar - particularly the criminals and gang members. None of those will appear on a database. Could have said all that.
But I didn't. This lovely lady is not politically minded. As long as she can continue her life in relative peace, she is happy. All of the above would not mean very much to her. So here is what I said...
She is a single Mom, living in an apartment, working hard to make a living and raise a teen-aged son and daughter. We talked about as parents, how our first responsibility is to keep our children as safe as possible. We talked about how things have changed what with the influx of 'refugees' who hate light skinned people and consider it their duty to rid of our civilization of its laws and traditions to be replaced by theirs.
I asked her what she would do if some of those people kicked down the door to her apartment and entered with mayhem on their minds. How would she protect her beautiful daughter from being beaten to a pulp and gang rapped. What would she do if they decided it would be fun to rape her son before slitting his throat. She is smart enough to know that these things happen - here - everywhere - more often than any of us would care to admit.
She came to the conclusion that the only way she could prevent those things happening to her children was to shoot the bastards as they came in the door.
I have the utmost respect for law enforcement, but they have no way of getting there in time to help in a situation like that. We are pretty much on our own. It would take maybe three good, heavy kicks to my door to break in. And once in, how am I going to stop them from hurting me or killing me. Throw a jar of tomatoes at them? Spray them with my choice of defense sprays? That would maybe slow them down a little and is sure to mostly piss them off, which gets me beaten or killed.
Which is why, should our betters - the ones who live in gated communities - the ones who are protected by men with guns - those betters - decide to try to rid us of our protection, I will never, ever comply.
We will get back to our regularly scheduled program in a day or so. But right now I am way too angry with those who think they know best how to keep me and my family safe.
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