The Importance of Raising an Obedient Firearm
I went to see W speak in Gulfport a couple of weeks ago. What a great day. I walked to the park near the sea wall. The event was in a big pavilion.
There were no metal detectors, nobody was required to strip down and empty everything they had into little buckets. We kept our shoes on and walked right in.
The event was a salute to the first responders who were on duty during Hurricane Katrina. Along with fire departments, and rescue squads, there were state troopers, police departments and sheriff's departments from fifty miles away in every direction. The same people who converged on Biloxi, the bulls eye, ten years earlier.
And there were guns. If there were 1800 people in attendance, there were 900 guns. There were white guns, black guns, hispanic guns, old and young guns, Christian and Muslim guns. To be sure there were likely lots of Atheist guns. (Of course that part is kind of dumb. There are no religious guns like there are no religious children; only religious or non-religious owners and parents. Guns and kids don't have the capacity to understand religious nuance.) You can also bet there were liberal and conservative guns. Some of the guns obviously thought W was the greatest. Some just as likely disliked Haley Barbour, Governor Bryant and W. But you wouldn't notice because while all the people spent the time remembering Katrina and swapping amazing stories, not a single gun jumped out of it's holster and started killing anyone.
How is that possible? Everyone knows that guns are the reason we have gun violence. Why weren't these guns just doing what guns do; jumping up and firing on innocent people?
Then I realized the problem. These particular guns were in the custody and control of normal, productive, honest citizens, trained in the proper use of a firearm. It was these people suppressing the poor guns and not letting them do what they do by themselves.
Seriously, if some nut job showed up there hoping to get a shot at the politicians, we'll never know. The nut job would have taken one look at the crowd and realized that by the time he pulled his weapon and drew bead on his target, he'd be perforated like a cheese grater. This would have occurred in just over one second.
That's why the kooks like gun-free zones. They have free reign to shoot to their heart's content. When they have doubts about the presence of other weapons in a given area, they don't choose that target.
So, is the answer to dog shit like the Oregon shooter or any of the other shooters, more guns, as Valerie Jarrett tells Obama to say? No.
The answer is as simple as letting honest citizens carry the weapons they already have and not to create killing fields by declaring gun-free zones. Make fear and doubt in the kook's mind work for us. If the kook is crazy enough to try anyway, return fire will be the only tool to prevent or suppress the numbers of injuries or death. A cop responding to a 911 call will only be able to kill the kook after the fact, if he's still there, and put chalk lines around the dead bodies.
The answer isn't more or fewer guns. That's a specious argument offered by a corrupt politician. The answer is allowing citizens the right to decide the level of protection they choose the maintain and not having signs (i.e. gun free zone) that put the public at risk.
Matt Jordan is a travel writer, political commentator and author of 16 20 24. Get your SIGNED copy here! A book on his travels in Mexico and Belize will be released in the Fall of 2015.
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