Today, more than 20 people were killed by an insane gunman at Virginia Tech.
As the president of the university said, it’s a tragedy of monumental proportions.
But as I read that story, I read it through the eyes of an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment – the right to keep and bear arms. So needless to say, I’m reading it with a different slant than most people will.
The Brady people will say “See, we need stricter gun control, because guns kill people.”
But the Brady people, despite what I believe are good intentions, are dead wrong. Gun control hasn’t worked in ANY country it’s ever been tried in. The fact is, the good people all surrender their guns, and the bad people all keep them. And that’s not conducive to the goal of reducing crime.
In actuality, even the 48 states that allow concealed carry almost all prohibit concealed carry on public university property.
There was absolutely no chance of someone being able to defend themselves and the lives of their classmates, because the law doesn’t allow good people to defend themselves… meeting force with force.
The police and SWAT came, but police and SWAT aren’t there to defend your life… they’re there to scrape up your remains after the bad guy has been contained. By the time they get there, it’s usually too late.
We choose to ignore the Constitution because when we see a news story like the one today, we think one thing: “Guns are bad.”
If guns cause crime, mine must be defective. Or said another way, my gun kills people in the same sense that my pencil writes papers.
The right of self defense is the most fundamental right a person could ever have. I agree we should have requirements and licenses for concealed carry, which require background checks and training… but I don’t agree we can dictate when and where that license is appropriate. Sometimes bad guys shoot up universities, schools, and churches. Why should we be forced by the government to be defenseless?
One of the first things Hitler did was implement gun control. A defenseless population is a lot easier to push around than a rowdy, individualistic society.
Maybe if you’re a gun-snatching communist, you can explain the logic to me…