What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
No doubt you’ve all heard by now the tragic story of the shooting at Trolley Square last night, where an 18 year old shot and killed five people, and wounded four.
The story immediately hit national news, and as of this morning still graces the main headline section on both CNN and Fox News’ websites.
As I read the reports last night, I couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened, and how many people could have been saved, had their been a CCW nearby with the valor to react and confront the gunman.
As legislators continue to impose new gun controls, I am reminded of the (all too true!) adage: “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”
Similarly, James Earl Jones once aptly said:
The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.
As I’ve spoken with friends and family about my recent acquisition of a concealed weapons permit, I’ve been surprised to see their reactions. For the most part they have expressed disbelief that one would ever need to use a weapon in self defense here in Utah.
I’m sure they don’t think so now.
While I definitely won’t claim that had I been on the scene with my gun that I would have bolted out to confront the gunman, I would like to think that I would have tried. Certainly some lives could have been prevented had somebody been carrying a weapon and used it to take down this young man.
I’m reminded of the city ordinance established in Kennesaw, Georgia, in 1982. Heads of households (with certain exceptions allotted) were ordered to keep at least one firearm in their homes. And what happened? The crime rate plummeted. Think about it: would you want to break into a home when you knew that the owner had a shotgun waiting for you?
I believe that if there were more people educated in the use of firearms and encouraged to use them in times of defense, events like the one last night would have the possibility of having much happier endings.