Saturday, July 23, 2011

When you need help RIGHT NOW...

The police are only an hour and a half away:

Police arrived at an island massacre about an hour and a half after a gunman first opened fire, slowed because they didn't have quick access to a helicopter and then couldn't find a boat to make their way to the scene just several hundred yards offshore.

When I was in the Boy Scouts our Scoutmaster carried a gun when he had a bunch of other people's kids to look after.  I don't know exactly what it was, just a revolver of some sort.  Most of the assistants carried as well.   I can remember, as a kid, being comforted by that.
 
The assailant surrendered when police finally reached him, but 82 people died before that.

This man didn't intend to die for whatever beliefs he held.  He chose a soft target so that he could kill as many people as possible, and then he surrendered as soon as someone capable of resisting him showed up.  

It is a tragedy that any society, and ours is as guilty of it as any other, believes that in order to be peaceful you must be incapable of violence.

Those least capable or willing to use violence are those that will see violence used against them.  To protect yourself against violence you must be willing and able to deliver the most stunning and vicious violence that is required to protect yourself and those around you.  Any society in which self defense in the most violent manner is seen as the most honorable of actions rather than a crude necessity to be relegated to a small group of 'only ones', in my opinion, will see more peaceful years than any that chooses the path of non-violence and violence prevention in the form of prior restraint.      

2 comments:

Old NFO said...

Professional victims...

Borepatch said...

When I wen tto Scout Camp in the early 1970s, there were a bunch of .22 rifles at the camp. I know, because I got my merit badge.