Saturday, February 7, 2009
"Only the Police should have Guns."
"It's their job to protect us."
Two friends who don't think quite like I do made those comments after reading my post about shotguns for home defense. I wanted to make a few additional points, but their minds are made up and they aren't going to listen. So I'll make them here:
1. Department budgets being what they are, cops tend to be rather poorly trained with firearms. Most qualify once or twice a year on a square range, and that's about it. They have no special magical superhuman qualifications.
2. "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away." The police very rarely show up while a crime is in progress. They show up after it's all over and make a report. Call the police and order a pizza, see which one comes first.
3. The movers and shakers in the anti-gun movement (Obama, Biden, Hillary Clitler, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, George Soros, Dianne Feinstein, Rosie O'Donnel, et al.) have one thing in common: Armed security, 24/7. They obviously value their lives and believe in a right to self-defense. Just not yours.
4. Helpless passivity may be a good choice for you. Fine. No one is challenging your right to be a pacifist. Just don't legislate everyone else into victimhood along with you.