Sunday, May 22, 2005

Guns Part 2

So at some point in my life, having never owned a gun, I decided that the rights of others should be upheld.

First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews but I was not Jewish so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.

Now, some people throw this around, but it stands out in this particular circumstance. Hitler banned the citizenry from having their own firearms. No one could rise up against him unless they were military which he had an even tighter rein on. Some people want to pretend that violence does not happen unless there is a spark, something to start a violent act. In most cases, this is true. Something needs to happen before Ted Bundy went off to rape and torture young women. Did a gun do it? No. How many times do you hear about someone using their own personal firearm for self defense? Quite a bit, but unlike any other news, a gun stopping a crime is quite a bad thing. It doesn't sell as well as "GUN GOES NUTS KILLS FIFTY- More at 10."

Women are even more victemized by these people who hate a true hatred for guns. A woman who is generally classified as a victim by these people, could easily be alive and safe had she been trained and given the permit to carry a concealed handgun. Think about how many fathers and mothers wish that their daughter would have been alive today and could have been, if only they had taught them how to use a gun.

At least one segment of the community gets it. The "Pink Pistols" is a group dedicated to gays defending themselves. "Armed Gays don't Get Bashed" their main page declares. It's true. People who have a gun are less likely to die in a violent crime, for several reasons. First and foremost, gun owners are much more responsible than non-gun owners. They tend to avoid areas that are high crime or high risk. Second, they have the training and the know how to avoid confrontations, they use it quite well, and last they have force to back up their words.

Anyone who thinks that guns are a problem and not a solution should travel to Africa for a month, maybe they might feel a little better.
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