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An armed society is the best protection against evil people

What was the time necessary for “first responders” to arrive at the Newtown CT school?  20 minutes?

Unacceptable if, as many want you to believe, you should leave your defense in the hands of others.

Sorry, I simply refuse to be a victim.

What happens when armed people going about their everyday lives are confronted by evil?

Well, things like this:

With one shot, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy took down a gunman who attempted to opened fire at a crowded movie theater lobby during a late night showing of “The Hobbit” in San Antonio, WOAI reports.

Police say a gunman, identified as Jesus Manuel Garcia, chased patrons from the nearby China Garden Restaurant into the lobby of the Santikos Mayan 14 movie theater at around 9 p.m. on Sunday. Garcia, an employee of the restaurant, reportedly walked in the establishment looking for a woman.

Or this:

A gunman retreated from a Casper nail salon last week after realizing one of its customers was packing heat.

Police say about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a man walked into Modern Nails at 2645 E. Second St. and asked a female employee if she wanted to buy some diamonds. The man walked toward the front desk area and the woman replied that she had no money to buy diamonds.

A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol.

At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails donereached into her purse and got her own firearm. Police say the man never fully raised the gun and left the building after seeing the customer had her weapon out.

And yes, you might get hurt if you confront someone who is armed.  As a matter of fact, you might get killed.  Kind of goes with the territory.  But what you won’t be is an unarmed victim begging for his life.

I’m sorry, I’m not in the mood to argue about surrendering my right to self-defense by firearm to anyone.  It’s not about “hunting”.  It’s not about “assault rifles”.  It is about an inalienable right to defend myself from predators and, though no one seems to want to mention this any more, my government.  That’s right.  That’s one of the fundamental reasons for the 2nd Amendment.  Like it or not, a group of men we call our Founders knew first hand that sometimes tyrants have to be overthrown and they too felt it was their fundamental right to own the means to both protect themselves and do what might be necessary to win or keep their freedom.

I frankly don’t care one way or the other if you like guns or want guns around you.  You get to live with the consequences of your choice. That’s your right.

I own guns and I’m not giving them up for anyone. That’s my right.  If it takes law enforcement 20 minutes to get to you, that’s on you.   Me?  I’m not waiting.  Yes, they may carry me out in a body bag, but that’s my choice, isn’t it?  I fully and happily accept that risk.  I’d rather go out fighting than wait to be executed.

And, of course, since the left continues to tell us they’re all for choice, this should be a no-brainer, right?


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32 Responses to An armed society is the best protection against evil people

  • To Protect And Serve” usually means “to tidy up and sometimes avenge…a little”. As hard as cops might try, nobody will protect you and yours as well as you will.
    And…many more times than once in American history…ordinary people have had to fight their own corrupt officials, or face them down with arms.

  • Funny that none of those stories make it into the national news cycle.  It would defeat The Narrative.
    There are two fundamental truths people have to understand.  1)  You are your own first line of defense.  Period.  Whether you’re armed or not, that is absolutely true.  2)  To surrender your right to defend yourself is to subscribe to the notion of the guaranteed ongoing benevolence of the state.  History, even recent history, does not support this notion.  But liberals in the US are under the misapprehension that our government will never act badly toward the citizenry.  Which is an odd stance for people who claim to question authority.

    • The other day … I posted a youtube video of a guy who stole a tank from a national guard armory and went on a rampage through San Diego with it (1995). Let that sink in to your brain for a moment . . . the man stole a tank. He stole it from a national guard armory. This man was so determined that he went into a military installation and stole a huge piece of hardware. He didn’t care about the laws he broke, and he certainly didn’t care about the lengths he would have to go to in order to accomplish his task. Yet somehow we “defeatists,” are supposed to believe that although the law and regulations can’t stop a man from going on a tank rampage, the law and regulations will stop someone from getting a gun and going on a shooting spree?

  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer used to run a weekly(?) column on incidents where guns saved lives and prevented crimes.
    I would like to buy a gun but I don’t want to buy one of those icky ‘assault rifles’, since I am a peaceful kind of guy, but they have not come out with the official definition of a ‘defense rifle’ yet.

    • I think you can order (and you would have trouble finding one in stock today) a Bushmaster in non-icky pink.  Coupled with a not-assaulting shaved 5 rd mag, you would have the ideal “defense rifle” for PC self-defense.

    • 20 gauge Mossberg with #00 buckshot.

      • I’m bring out a new line of aftermarket rainbow camo and buckshot with little happy-faces on each pellet.

      • I use hollow point slugs in my 20ga Mossberg, but to each their own.

        • I’ve read that slugs are not very accurate past a short distance. Is that true in your experience?

    • (CNN) – Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide.

  • What a sh itty lesson those kids were taught – go huddle in the back of a closet and pray you don’t hit the unlucky lottery for 20 minutes while the good guys dither. Here kids, go cower like sheep in the slaughtering pen because the good guys are a freaking half hour away. And try not to die or anything like that while the best we can offer you are flimsy door locks and good intentions.

    • “What a sh itty lesson those kids were taught”
      A double Amen.
      Any nightmares those kids have will be worse for the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. And all those grief counselors won’t help a bit. They will probably even reenforce those feelings, since advocating fighting back is a nono.
      A soft answer may turneth away wrath, but only a bullet will turneth away a madman.

      • “helplessness and hopelessness.”
        that’s what our betters want for us.  So they can save a few, and those few will be ever grateful and thankful for their beneficence.

    • There is such a thing as “learned helplessness”.  There is also the fact that some cultures are known for their respect for life, and their fearlessness in protecting it.  We were once one.

  • You are completely missing the liberal utopia where nobody has guns and everybody rides a moon pony that poops non polluting pixie dust.

    • Utopia, what utopia is that …

      Over that span, the percentage of households with guns dropped from more than half in 1977 to just more than 30 percent in 2010. Gallup, meanwhile, shows a similar drop — though it found 41 percent of households still had guns as of 2010. But then something happened in 2011. Gun ownership spiked to its highest level since 1994 — 47 percent. The people who suddenly had more guns? Not the white males, the Southerners, and the Republicans most associated with guns. Instead they were mostly Democrats, women, and people in every region but the South.

      The irony .. oh, the irony of it all.

  • “I’d rather go out fighting than wait to be executed.”
    That covers it.   And I for damn sure don’t want to have to stand by helplessly while people around me are being slaughtered, especially kids.

  • The first thing one is taught in the military when you are involved and on the receiving end of an ambush is get out of the kill zone.

    Locking yourself in confines you to a potential kill zone.

    • Well, I think the thing is, they want to minimize those moving around to make it easier for the police. It may make more sense to run, or to hide and lock the door, or fight back, depending.

      • Blue staters lover their precious wonderful kids so much they’re content to have them be protected only by a $5 door lock and a 95 lb girl reading storytime to them. Good job, parents of Sandy Hook!

    • don2:
      Funny you mention ambush. I’ve been thinking about how all the new security plus a new federal administration haven’t stopped an act of airline terrorism since 9/11.  What has, repeatedly, is the knowledge of ordinary people that if someone tries something funny, we all pounce.  Might be futile but it’s the only thing to do.  So each bastard who’s tried to light his shoelaces has gotten the everloving crap beat out of him.
      My training for near ambush was, turn and charge into it.  No time for thought or tactics, only desperate aggression.  And I keep wondering whether that needs to be “doctrine” for an active shooter scenario: Charge.  Everyone pounce.  Turn the Tueller drill around, accept beforehand that if you ever find yourself in that scenario, your number was up, and take the bastard down with you.
      I’m not saying I’d be that brave.  (I hope I could.)  I’m just wondering what the effect would be on the sick bastard planning the one after that.  Because they’re demented, yet they follow a fairly consistent logic.

      • Once this guy killed his mother nothing but targeted violence was going to stop him.  While we don’t know for certain, we can speculate that at least one of the reasons he chose this target was because he knew his intended victims were helpless and unarmed.

        Not to make light of this event, but anyone who’s ever watched Animal Planet, Wild Kingdom et al knows the scenario:  it’s lions at the waterhole.

  • The liberal strawman for this is based on being one of the first people shot at.
    They did a staged video where an armed person was at some lecture and a gunman walked in and the armed person was effectively unable to do anything.  Which is a completely misleading because its called getting ‘the drop’ on someone.  Chances are if you’re the target, caught by complete surprise, and someone comes in shooting, odds still aren’t in your favor.  But that armed guy one room over, he gets to have ‘the drop’ on the shooter.  And any one after those first moments is no longer off-guard.

  • My kids school has now implemented new security rules.
    They now want all adult visitors including parents to go to the office, sign in, and get a badge.
    They encourage us to ask people seen not wearing a badge to go get one.
    Crazed gunmen are not going to sign in or worry about badges.
    What a waste of time.

    • The good news is that my kid does not know what happened, no other kids mentioned it, and the teacher made a point not to talk about it.

      • Now, if we could get the broadcast media to be as wise as your child’s teacher…

        • Amen, I sat in a waiting room yesterday and was bombarded the entire time by CNN.  Damn people, bathing in the blood of children and grief of families for their agenda or practicing their best “look at how sad I am” faces.

      • No point in getting them all scared witless, no good is served by that.

  • I’ve worked in Los Angeles public schools for over 15 years, and noted that most, if not all, LAUSD schools have an armed school police officer on campus.  Depending on the neighborhood, some will have more stringent security measures in place, but the school cop is pretty much universal.  Now, the school cop may be some security guard reject (or, in one memorable case, an irresponsible jerkass), but he/she is an armed adult present.  And somehow, despite being about a thousand times the size of the Newton school district, LAUSD hasn’t had any mass school shootings.  Go figure.  Must be that innate reverence the goblins have for ‘Gun Free Zone’ signs.

  • Could not have been said better.