I by must read I mean stop what you are doing and read this piece by Mike McDaniel at Bearing Arms Here are some excerpts, it is a long piece but so well worth the time invested.
First, however, might I take a moment to dispel a common fallacy? I speak of the idea that progressives are the champions of women and their defenders against evil conservatives and their “war on women.” Consider Mary Katherine Ham at Hot Air, speaking of just such a progressive savior of the sisterhood:
In arguing for the disarmament of college students in Colorado this week, state Rep. Joe Salazar [Democrat] suggested a novel method of self-defense for women on campus— just chill, ladies.
‘It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.’
Well, after all, you might not get raped. In Salazar’s world, not only are women incapable of defending themselves against a physical threat, but they are incapable of even identifying a physical threat, and should therefore be deprived of the ability to try. Empowerment! I guess if you are raped, there’s this…safe zone.
As a firearm instructor, not only do I deal in the identification of actual threats, but in the effective removal of same, as does my wife, also an educator and firearm instructor. I find Mr. Salazar’s comments anything but supportive of the intellects, bodies, and welfare of women.
Excellent points. The Left cares about its ideology and little if anything else. Their basic goal is to strip every last ounce of individualism from all of us, and self-defense is a favorite target
Every human being, by virtue of being born a human being, has a God-given, unalienable right to preserve their life. Life is, in fact, God’s greatest gift. To fail, or worse, to refuse to protect it, is a sin. I know some think terms like “sin” to be unenlightened and old-fashioned, but they remain useful because morality and equally old-fashioned terms like “honor” and “obligation” remain useful, and hopefully, always will.
Frivolous people think everyone is valuable because they are unique, because they can write, or paint, or have some special insight or because they espouse political philosophies favored by the self-imagined elite. However, those grounded in the ways of the world, of human nature, of existence, know that you are valuable because you are made in the image of the Creator who knew you before you were created.
This concept is so fundamental, so important, that the Second Amendment to the Constitution recognizes and affirms it. The Second Amendment does not establish your right to self-defense and the means to affect it; no law or government can do that. If the Second Amendment did not exist, your unalienable right to self-defense would still exist; government cannot take it away, at least not legitimately.
As I have often said and written, self-defense is the most basic and essential of human rights. McDaniel sums this point up very well, as he does this next one that destroys the Liberal’s “if you feel like you need a gun somewhere then you shouldn’t be there” lie
Even if you are not interested in evil, evil is interested in you. For some, evil is only an abstraction, a debating topic, a means of making fun of the supposedly less-sophisticated and enlightened who aren’t capable of the nuanced thinking that can so easily deny its existence. But in nearly two decades of police service, I have seen evil. I’ve chased it down dark alleys, fought it hand to hand, held it at gunpoint and talked with it across tables in interviewing rooms. I’ve looked into the abyss, and felt the soul-deep chill of the abyss looking back.
There are more sociopaths out there than most are capable of imagining. They walk among us every day. They have stood behind you in checkout lines and waiting for movies. They have passed you on sidewalks. When you’ve had that raising-the-hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck feeling that you’ve been watched, that may have been a sociopath looking for his chance. You’ve been lucky so far. The residents of Newtown, Connecticut, to name only one contemporary example, now have no doubt about the existence of evil. The kind of soulless murderers you see in movies exist, but in reality, many are worse and more twisted than even the most imaginative screenwriter can conjure. The real horror shows don’t require tickets and serve popcorn. They’re out here, among us, every day.
Very true. Being armed is about being prepared “in case”. Gun control advocated do not grasp this. I like it when someone asks me “why” I feel I need a gun, or accuses me of “living in fear”, or makes my favorite absurd point, “that is what 911 is for”. I ask these folks if they lock their doors, or have a security system, or a watchdog. I also like to ask them if they have ever taken any martial arts or other self-defense training. I usually get the “those things are different” argument.” But, of course, they are not different, these things are part of being prepared, “in case”. Now go read the rest of this piece!