When my alarm went off at 2:30am a single deputy arrived in about 20 minutes. During a similar episode in Providence, Rhode Island, a brace of cops arrived inside of five minutes. And? I’d rather live in a low-tax, high-freedom state with a long police response time than in a high-tax, low-freedom state and depend on a rapid police presence to protect my family. OK, that’s not exactly the choice. You can buy and wield a home defense gun in the Ocean State. After you pass a written test, pay a fee, receive a “blue card” and wait seven days. And risk prosecutorial persecution should you use the gun for self-defense. Even so, the key variable here isn’t government regulation or police response. It’s me . . .
I am ready, willing and able to protect myself and mine through force of arms. I’d prefer not to. Not to have to face evil. Not to have to face evil alone. But I didn’t make mankind. I am not responsible for the fact that there are bad people who would abuse or end my life, the lives of my loved ones and/or other innocent life. I am responsible for defending myself and mine against them. Not necessarily with a gun and hopefully not on my own. But possibly and primarily.
Which is exactly how it should be – unless you’re an anti-gunner. They believe that it takes a village [cop] to protect individuals from criminals and crazies. And only a village. Gun control advocates can’t concede even the possibility that a citizen can defend him- or herself with a gun against a bad guy or guys. Admit that and it’s a short step to realizing that disarming law-abiding Americans is wrong. The concept of individual responsibility undermines their entire agenda.
Which is why Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts stared directly into the camera and told the TV audience that a good guy with a gun has never stopped a bad guy with a gun. “The data doesn’t support it,” she pronounced to an entirely credulous CNN, despite the fact that the data supports both the efficacy and frequency of armed self-defense against criminals and spree killers. Playing the “your gun will kill you” card without once wondering if her words will prevent someone from saving their own life.
Yes, there is that. The road to hell really is paved with good intentions. That’s assuming Watts and her ilk aren’t knowingly pursuing the path to pantophobic powerlessness. I’m not sure we can make that assumption. How can you get around the simple equation that gun control => dependency on the state => statism/fascism/tyranny? By rejecting personal responsibility for self-defense anti-gunners reject personal liberty. It really is as straightforward and blatant as that. Though they’ll never, ever admit it. Obfuscation is the name of the game.
Hokanson’s bipolar disorder appeared when he was in his late teens and early twenties. In California, he was taken in on a “5150,” the code for involuntary commitment when someone is deemed a threat to themselves or others. He remembers being handed a sheet of paper that said he was prohibited from owning a firearm under state and federal law. At the Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Phoenix, he filled out the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s Form 4473, checking “no” on question “11f,” which asked whether he had ever been “adjudicated mentally defective” or committed to a mental institution.
“I make no excuses for it,” he says. “I checked the box that said no and that was a lie.” That one question should have disqualified him, but he signed the form, handed it to the clerk at the sporting-goods store, “and he called up wherever he called up, and it came back ‘proceed with sale.’ I walked out with the rifle in tow after about 20 minutes. Plus a box of ammunition.”
The above excerpt’s from Stop Me Before I Buy a Gun Again, Begs Bipolar Man at dailybeast.com. Writer Eleanor Clift spins John Hokanson Jr.’s ability to commit criminal acts as proof that society need more efficient enforcement of existing gun laws and new gun control laws (e.g., background checks for private sales at gun shows). Only one thing: the bi-polar Mr. Hokanson isn’t “begging” for greater enforcement of existing laws or new gun laws. And for good reason . . .
“I’m not going to take a position on gun control but people who are mentally ill… and they’re out in society, doing treatment as an outpatient, and it’s been determined that I’m a danger to myself or others, it’s still easy to get a gun,” says Hokanson.
Clift doesn’t get it even as she gives it. She fails to see that anything that prevents responsible citizens from taking responsibility for their own armed self defense puts society on a hiding to nowhere — or worse. More than that, Clift and her kind fail to recognize that our liberty depends on the government assuming that we are all responsible citizens unless and until proven otherwise.
That’s not how it works in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii and all the other states where firearms freedom has been severely curtailed and/or eliminated. Which is why I’m here, in Texas, amongst like-minded Americans. Armed. Vigilant. Vigilant against those who would remove the gun rights of others to increase their safety. Which would do no such thing.