The shootings in Dayton and El Paso were horrible events. People who were going about their lives were gunned down by deranged “people.” The fallen are a continued source of pain to those who miss them. The wounded will have mental and physical scars for the rest of their lives. My heart goes out to the families of the dead, the wounded, and those who were traumatized by being there, even if a bullet did not find them.
Something must be done. However, the “something” must not be further restrictions on the rights of the law abiding who bare no responsibility for this tragedy. I have written in the past regarding my personal decisions regarding active shooters and other scumbags that prey on societal vulnerabilities. I carry a gun (or two) EVERYWHERE. I don’t go to places that do not allow me the option to protect myself.
Where gun prohibition signs have no weight of law, I ignore them. If a restaurant is posted “no guns,” I eat elsewhere. If the shopping center is posted no guns, but the store I want to frequent is pro gun, I shop at that store only. An example when I lived in Florida, the sporting goods store was not posted; but, the rest of the mall was. I only spent money in the sporting goods store. I also called and sent a letter (paper kind) to the mall management company. Futile gesture, but I was heard.
In addition to carrying a firearm everywhere I go, I also carry a well stocked AFAIK (first aid kit). This kit has the standard band aids, trauma shears, gauze, Tylenol, and Neosporin type stuff. It also has a CAT 7 tourniquet and a pair of bandages for sucking chest wounds. There is a second CAT 7 in a carrier on the opposite side of my EDC bag. The external AFAIK pouch has a rather obvious Red Cross emblem on it, as does the external tourniquet holder. This is done for several reasons. One, it means anyone with an IQ above room temperature knows there are first aid supplies inside. Second, if I am incapacitated or busy shooting back, someone else can easily find and access the medical supplies.
It is my humble opinion that a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. This does not mean that the same (or other good guys) should not also act as the first responder for the injured. Paramedics are just like the police; when seconds count, they are minutes away. Be your family’s first responder. A vented hydroseal on a sucking chest wound or tourniquet above a shredded thigh, just might be the difference between life and death.
We live in a (increasingly less) free society. This means there are risks. The First Amendment means both the Baptist Church and the American Satanist Society are free to speak in the public square; as are the Klan, Antifa, Milo Yanopolis, and Steven Crowder. Each will “trigger” a portion of the population, so what.
The Second Amendment means certain people will get guns that should not. It also means there will always be a supply of guns and ammunition for the sick and depraved. The politicians will attempt to make you believe they can stop this by removing YOUR rights. It simply isn’t true.
First, the only certain way to stop a bad guy with a gun is for several good guys with guns to show up or already be on site and ready to engage. Personal carry means you always know a good guy with a gun is around, because, it is you. Also, the incidence of gun violence in England has risen by a factor of six since banning their subjects from owning firearms. Let me repeat that, gun violence has multiplied six times, after the crown banned guns. New Zealand had strict—similar to CA or MD—gun laws before its most recent mass murder. Australia has similar laws and they are not immune. Canada… the same story.
We don’t have to look overseas, most compilation reports on mass shootings show that upward of 90% of them occur in “gun free zones.” Most gun violence occurs in major metropolitan areas. Of those metro areas, the ones with the most prevalent gun violence are the ones run by democrats who enact strong anti-gun measures at both the state and local level – Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, NYC. Similar metro areas with looser gun laws have lower gun violence rates – Orlando, Houston, San Antonio. These areas are blue districts in red states with pre-emption laws that allow citizens to defend themselves, even in blue strongholds. These areas are prohibited from enacting strict disarmament policies by state law and the effects are obvious to all but the most obtuse.
The thing we must do, is not enact stricter gun control laws. What must be done is to stop looking for government fixes for the frailty of the human condition. We must take personal responsibility for ourselves, for our safety, and to take out the trash when it comes our way.
If we want to retain our (somewhat) free society, this is the demand, duty, responsibility that is part and parcel with that freedom. As many have said before me, “Freedom isn’t free.”
When the responsibilities are shared across the populous, the burden is low and the resulting liberty is high. When the responsibilities are shirked by most, the cost is high. Remember, freedom is never more than one generation away from being extinguished. We are teetering on that precipice now.
Do you agree with the author? Do you take on the burden of defense for society or shirk it? Share your opinion on defense and recent events in the comment section.
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