As America Mourns

A week has gone by since the terrible news came in from Connecticut. One week on, small bodies are being buried, and parents are saying goodbye, burying their hopes along dreams along with small coffins containing the remains of their little ones. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

No, it’s not “ok”. This is not fair, and it’s not right. And it is NOT God’s will, of that I am certain.

And after the tears comes the anger. And with it the anguished questions: Why did this happen? How could this happen? How do we protect these little ones?

The Dads of America — and real men everywhere — will wish that they could have been there. Maybe they could have done something. Perhaps they could have taken down the shooter, or taken a bullet meant for someone else, and thereby saved at least one young life.

The “Mommies” of America will want to take all of the guns out of the hands of the villains. They will repeat their call, more shrilly than ever, to ban all guns. This is understandable, particularly with assault and automatic weapons.

But it is not reasonable, for the simple reason that villains cannot be counted on to obey laws. The perpetrators of this evil deed, and others like it, broke so many laws that a ban on guns would only have been one more trivial hurdle to surmount. I’ll say that again. A complete ban on guns would only serve to take guns out of the hands of the law-abiding.

I do not own a gun. I have no wish or need to buy one. But if someone was breaking into my house by night, I would rather have a loaded gun at my side than a cop on the phone. While I respect the police, I do not cannot bring myself to them with my life.

Self-reliance is a quintessential American value.

I stumbled across a couple of definitions of Gun Control that bear repeating:

  • “The theory that people who are willing to ignore laws against rape, torture, kidnapping, theft and murder will obey a law which prohibits them from owning a firearm.”
  • “The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.” — L. Neil Smith

And here’s mine: “The theory that you can trust the Government to protect you more effectively than you can protect yourself.”

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