We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. YOU are your own first responder. No matter how many police officers cover your neck of the woods or how efficiently the respond, they simply can’t be everywhere they’re needed the moment they’re called.
Our friends in the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex who toil endlessly advocating for more restrictions on gun ownership argue that no one needs a handgun. Which is how you get opinion pieces like this:
Handguns exist for one reason: to kill human beings. People make the argument that a gun is a tool all the time. Yes. Guns are tools. Their function is death. A handgun is a tool for killing people. Your ranch shotgun or hunting rifle? You can reasonably argue those have a purpose that is not killing people. (They’re meant for killing things that aren’t people). An AR-15 or other military-style rifle is also built for killing people, but that’s an argument for another day. You don’t hunt with a handgun. I’m sure people do it, I’ve been at the range and shot one of those big Colt Pythons that someone sticks a scope on or whatever, but you’re an asshole and an idiot if you do that.
We won’t argue with Jack Crosbie and his feelz now, because it’s Monday morning and he barely merits a mention. We’ll simply point out that a handgun is the smallest, easiest, most maneuverable and affordable option for millions of Americans who choose to own a firearm to protect their homes and families.
People like a homeowner in Elizabeth City, North Carolina who woke up to find a stranger in his home.
Elizabeth City police say it happened in the 400 block of Bell Street around 6:30 a.m.
They say Tyrell Johnson came into the home through a back door and was confronted by the homeowner who ended up shooting him twice.
The 38-year-old man drove himself to Albemarle Sentara Hospital, according to police. Johnson was transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he’s in fair condition.
Johnson is a registered sex offender and had been convicted of manslaughter.
So the homeowner successfully defended himself and his family. But as noted personal defense expert and amateur psychologist Jack Crosbie advises . . .
If you’re honest with yourself, it’s because handguns make you feel powerful. I get it, I really do. You can kill anything with a handgun, but mostly you can kill people. You can conceal it in your waistband or your pocket or your jacket and walk around with the power to kill anyone you meet almost instantly. This makes you feel strong and in control. But it’s a lie. When people are shooting weapons at one another, no one is in control. You don’t need to tell yourself this lie anymore. You don’t need a handgun.
Somehow we think the unidentified Elizabeth City homeowner would disagree.