Monday, October 24, 2011

Mom Shoots Would-Be Kidnapper: This Is Why the Second Amendment Matters

Let’s talk guns, dangerous subject though it might be.

Thomas Jefferson once said: “The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.”

And most of the Founding Fathers agreed with him on that point, as evidenced by the fact that it was in the Bill of Rights, guns and all. And, as Thomas Jefferson also said, that is because no “country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance… The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

In other words, the only way to keep government honest is at gunpoint. Literally and figuratively.

But there’s another reason why gun ownership is a right that every free-minded American should support.

Because, let’s face it, with far more money going towards “fighting” poverty these days than crime, the law enforcement-criminal ratio isn’t exactly conducive to a good night’s sleep. And even if that wasn’t so, police officers are not personal bodyguards; they can’t be around to prevent every single crime.

Crime like the kidnapping that would have occurred in Naples, Florida last week if Elizabeth Easterly, a clerk at a convenient store, hadn’t had a gun.

Easterly was apparently alone in the store with her two young daughters when a man who was “acting erratically” walked in, demanded money, grabbed the younger child and headed towards the door.

So Easterly shot him, saving her daughter from who knows what. If she hadn’t had that gun and the nerve to use it…? Well, the news annals are filled with examples of what could have happened.

And that’s unfortunately exactly the point. Criminals automatically hold power over law-abiding citizens because they have more resources to work with: both legal and illegal.

Guns don’t always solve that problem, but they do oftentimes lessen the negative consequences or even prevent them altogether because they put power back into the hands of those who should have it in the first place.

A thief is much less likely to steal from a store with a gun-toting clerk. The same goes for rapists, murderers and other undesirables… including corrupted governments.

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