The Few. The Proud. The Disarmed. The Target. The Marines.
It’s hard to believe that it has been more than seven years since I posted a blog called “Just One Gun”. Nothing has changed. Here is a brief portion:
In Dekalb, Illinois a gunman kills five in a lecture hall before he takes his own life. Last week there was a shooting at a school in Louisiana. Last year it happened on the campus of Virginia Tech, where 23 were killed.
George Bush had a press conference this morning, February 15th, 2008. After a few brief remarks on the shooting in Illinois, he moves right to his diatribe on the War on Terror and that we still face the threat and we need Congress to act.
Mr. President, I am not sure if you are counting the losses. But the body count is climbing higher by the week on our college campuses. I wish you were willing to act decisively and act now to help turn this around.
Mr. President, law abiding citizens are not allowed to carry weapons on college campuses. They are “gun-free” zones. Penalties for having a gun are higher if you are caught violating gun laws in “gun-free” zones. The only problem is that suicidal maniacs do not worry themeselves about such details. They will not be around to suffer the consequences.
Yet here we are and it is still happening. Governments create a gun free zone and killers target the gun free zones as their objective. The left is quick to find ways to divert attention to the fact that it was a gun-free zone (It was the fault of the Confederate Flag, for instance) at the church shooting in South Carolina, but we can see through that ruse.
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The shootings on Thursday at the military recruiting center and base are yet another example of a gun-free zone where government did no one a favor by making it a gun-free zone.
This is just a sign. It cannot and will not protect you if someone is intent on doing you harm. The government has decided that it is in everyone’s best interest that you cannot defend yourself in these areas.
But Just One Gun could have saved five lives. Just One Gun could have made the difference. But, by law, soldiers trained in combat, were made vulnerable to an attack.
Countless lives are saved every day because people did have a weapon at hand to fend off an attacker. So if you see the sign above, consider telling the proprietor that you really do not feel safe there specifically because it is a gun-free zone. Only when they begin to hear from you and feel the fiscal pain of losing you as a customer, will they change.
For those forcibly disarmed by the government we must remember that one of the most basic rights Libertarians believe in is the right to self defense. Our Founding Fathers also thought so.
“Shall Not Be Abridged”
How much clearer can that be? Therefore, it is important that we speak out against the idiocy that enables the posting of the sign above. The ONLY person safer in these areas is the shooter. No one else.
Contact your officials. Ask them to restore some basic common sense and some basic freedom by making these Self Defense Zones, rather than gun free zones.
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