Over the last few weeks, we’ve had local, state and federal leaders threatening to revise or downright revoke Americans’ Second Amendment rights. They’re saying that there’s no reason we need guns, especially when guns are used by psychopaths to murder helpless school children.
No decent human being can argue that what happened to those little six and seven-year-olds and their teachers up in Connecticut was unfathomably evil. It was disgusting and depraved how another such criminal mastermind plotted out the best way to shoot up a crowded movie theater earlier in the year. And every other illegal shooting – mass or isolated, planned or carried out in the sick thrill of the moment – is just as heartbreaking and senseless and tragic.
But that doesn’t mean that there’s no reason to have guns. In fact, there have been a few prominent cases in just the last few weeks alone proving that the Second Amendment saves lives.
· In Tallahassee, Florida, a 26-year-old went to rob a convenience store armed with a cattle prod, which he used repeatedly on the clerk. Fortunately, the employee had a gun on him, which he brandished IN SELF DEFENSE, scaring the attacker off.
· In Brookfield, Massachusetts, a 53-year-old and his 15-year-old nephew were randomly attacked by a bobcat. While both of them were bitten and scratched up and now have to go for rabies shots, it could have been a lot worse if the man’s wife didn’t have the presence of mind to grab their legally owned handgun and shoot the creature IN SELF DEFENSE.
· In Georgia, a mother hid in her closet with her 9-year-old twins after an ex-convict broke into her house using a crowbar. When he opened up the closet door, she fired on him IN SELF DEFENSE, effectively protecting herself and her children.
Clearly, a gun trumps a cattle prod, bobcat or crowbar, which brings me to my second point…
People intent on committing violent acts have a wide array of options, with or without guns. A San Francisco man, for example, set his girlfriend on fire on Monday. A white supremacist brat was apprehended the same day in Alabama for seeking to set off a bomb at his high school. And a recent FBI report shows that, according to their annual crime statistics, more murders are committed every year with hammers and clubs than rifles.
But above and beyond the need to protect ourselves against the kind of narcissistic sociopaths our society seems so intent on producing these days, we also need to protect ourselves against a narcissistic, sociopathic, overspending, overreaching government that seeks to enslave us with propaganda, taxes, rules and regulations that hinder our individuality and chop our choices in half.
That’s why the Second Amendment is so necessary. Because otherwise, we only have the government to rely on to protect ourselves. And that’s a really scary thought.