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February 12, 2016

Very Nice Gun Rights Piece

Anti-gun folks will often say things like, "Guns are only good for one thing- killing." And, you know, they are correct. I mean, they're wrong in a way, because guns are also just fun to shoot targets or clays with, but yes, their main and original intent is to kill.

So? In order for this to be bad, in and of itself, it implies that people will never have any reason to kill someone (or alter their behavior, by giving them a reasonable expectation of getting shot if they continue what they are doing). In fact, ordinary lawful people are forced to use guns for their actual intended purpose, all the time. The reason this is so, is because we occupy a world together with criminals and sociopaths, and there's no law that will prevent or fix these people. I would hazard that nearly all the people who were put in the situation of having to discharge or even brandish their weapon at a bad guy, had always hoped they would never ever have to. Fortunately, most of the time just producing a weapon ends the conflict.

As an aside, I would like to point out to you drooling Morons that a current google search on this topic, once rich with supporting data, now buries most of the 2nd Amendment defenders' posts. Almost all I got in the first couple pages is the anti-gun folks' articles trying to debunk the idea that people defend themselves with guns. Interesting, eh.

Anyway, this great column came up over at Splitters and I just had to share.

I have watched training videos on what to do in the event of an active shooter situation, and they all focus on the Run/Hide/Fight principle. Run if you can, hide if running isnít an option, and fight if options A and B fail. What you should not do is simply lay down and die, or hope that the attacker dies of a stroke, or sit passively and get murdered. And in every one of these training videos, if you get to the Fight stage, the video producer recognizes something very basic, very simple, and yet so important Ė arm yourself. Grab a chair, grab a stapler, grab a binder or a coffee pot. Grab whatever you can to inflict the maximum amount of damage on your attacker, because something is better than nothing. But you know what is better than something? The right tool for the job, thatís what. You can attack an active shooter with a coffee pot, if thatís all you have, but wouldnít you rather have a rifle at that moment, as well as the training to use it properly? Of course, because itís the right tool for the job.

That was just one facet of the issue. He covers all the bases with relentless logic. It's worth forwarding in part or in whole to the gun-fearing people in your life who may still be able to listen to reason. Please go over to Splitters and check it out. It's long, but not LongCat long.

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