Started by zarby, Apr 17, 2007, 11:01 PM
Robert Heinlen is credited with saying "An armed society is a polite society." This sounds ominous or flippant to some people but not to anyone who ever backed down from a fight out of concern for the other person's well-being.If more people started carrying guns, society would have to find a new equilibrium; there might be a temporary rise in shootings and accidents. But the responsibility that goes along with being armed spreads to other areas of life also; it might go out of fashion for adults to act like children.
Seperate thread perhaps?
I am typically not this way, but I truly got choked up about the 76 year old professor blocking the door while his students jumped out the windows. This was a truly great man. I would like to think I would do the same although I know I might not. I might be heading towards the windows or hiding under my desk. I think it is a crime to prevent a man from defending himself (and others). This professor should have had the right to be armed. I am not sure whether he confronted this gunman near the beginning or end of the rampage but this man certainly would have had the courage to put a gun to good use and save a lot of lives (including his own). Why must we take away the right of men like these to defend themselves?Citizens are generally good. Our safety is with men like these (and ourselves) not with police who will arrive after it is too late. I believe the same thing about airplanes, airports, churches, schools, etc. A rational gunman will think twice about shooting people if he knows some of them are armed. An irrational gunman will be shot sooner if the public is armed.I am sorry about my language, but as far as I am concerned the gun control crowd is at a minimum misguided and possibly even malicious. I think about what happened in Australia (I have heard) after guns were banned (families in remote places were killed in large numbers -- the police were nowhere near to defend these families when killers robbed them knowing they were defenseless). A friend just the other day told me his elderly parents who were being institutionalized due to their infirmities had guns in their house including some characterized as "assault weapons." He asked if I wanted one. I said hell no. I know of many who have been harassed by police including arrested for the mere act of possessing a gun. I don't want trouble. After hearing this story, I think it is almost the duty of a law abiding citizen to have a gun. This is what they believe in Switzerland, and the last I heard Switzerland is a pretty darn safe place. Even Hitler didn't cause trouble with them.