Portland Hate Crime: Heroes Honored As The City Searches For Answers the headline proclaims at patch.com proclaims. You’ve probably heard the story by now: “Three men were stabbed Friday, two of them fatally, as they tried to de-escalate a situation involving a man who was yelling racial slurs at two young, apparently Muslim, women.” Here’s an answer I’m searching for . . .
What if one of the three men who decided to intervene had been carrying a gun? Would that have at least limited the carnage? While I don’t accept the idea that “Muslim” is a race, I still consider this heinous act a “hate crime.” I hate the fact that two innocent people were threatened, two died and one was horribly injured for want of armed personal protection.
I’m not blaming the victims. No one has to carry a gun. But I am pointing my finger at America’s anti-gun culture: the “gun safety” advocates who actively discourage and dis-enable armed self-defense. By protecting and erecting barriers to firearms freedom, these statist crusaders put millions of law-abiding Americans in harm’s way. I hate that.
Yes, I used the “h” word. No, I’m not a physical threat to anyone. Nor are you gentle reader. So feel free to reveal. What part of gun control triggers your contempt and ire?