……….but boy does it help! Francis X Clines recently got out his crayons and construction paper to give us this bit of babbling idiocy
FAIRFAX, Va. — A poster figure of John Wayne, the mega-hero of Hollywood westerns, offers a greeting here at the gun museum’s gallery door as he holds his Winchester carbine at the ready and offers an amiably crooked grin. The bad guys in the movies never fully understood that the menace behind Wayne’s grin (“Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim”) meant he was about to deliver blazing fantasies of triumphant gunfire that would leave them dead in the dust. It’s no wonder modern Florida legislators could not resist protecting actual shooters who draw and fire like John Wayne as guilt-free, “stand-your-ground” defenders.
Good grief! Stand-your-ground laws simply allow citizens to better defend themselves when confronted with lethal threats to themselves. This law is an extension of the Castle Doctrine
A castle doctrine, also known as a castle law or a defense of habitation law, is a legal doctrine that designates a person’s abode or any legally occupied place – e.g., a vehicle or home – as a place in which that person has protections and immunities permitting one, in certain circumstances, to use force (up to and including deadly force) to defend oneself against an intruder, free from legal prosecution for the consequences of the force used. The term is most commonly used in the United States, though many other countries invoke comparable principles in their laws.
In short, the castle doctrine, and stand your ground laws simply affirm the basic human right of self-defense. In no ways do they allow anyone to simply “draw and shoot” on a whim, or without fearing for their safety. Clines should put his Crayolas down and read the laws, and the standards for self-defense they set. But, again, Clines is emoting, not thinking
But the cardboard fantasy of the good guy gunning down the bad guy is what makes the museum work as an enjoyable escape from the life-and-death reality of American gun carnage.
The fact is that millions of Americans carry firearms every day and never draw and shoot. These Americans have proven they are incredibly safe and understand the responsibility that carrying a deadly weapon requires. Most gun deaths, the vast majority are suicides, not homicides. Of those that are homicides, more than a few are justifiable homicides, A.K.A. self-defense. But the vast majority of times guns are used in self-defense, the weapon is not even fired. And, I would remind Clines that the lowest reliable stat on defensive gun uses is 108,000 annually, just a tad under 300 per day. And many more estimates are higher. What would the crime rate be if those Americans were disarmed? Or maybe the better question is would Clines even care about more innocent victims? Given this part of his screed I imagine he is far more invested in Leftist dogma than in human rights like self-defense
There are thousands of ingenious, gleaming rifles and handguns in displays about America’s gun-rich history of colonialism, immigration, expansionism and vigilante justice.
Ah yes, America is bad! Guns are bad! Americans with guns are bad! Clines is simply put, a typical mouth-breathing knuckle dragger who hates natural rights and individual liberties like self-defense. Here are some things Clines, if he were a thinker, would consider
Accidental shootings and violent crime rates are down, and have been going down for over two decades. This at the same time that firearm ownership, gun sales, and Americans carrying firearms is going up and up. Clearly Clines view that gun owners are trigger happy idiots is fallacious. the U.S. is number one in firearm ownership, yet ranks 103 in the rate of homicides. Yet he persists! In fact he goes full-bore BS
Gun safety researchers count more than 900 people killed by concealed-carry gun owners in the past decade, with only a tiny fraction of shootings ruled self-defense. Many of the deaths were suicides, and 31 were in mass shootings by concealed-carry owners. The gun lobby disputes all of this, but nevertheless opposes detailed public health research, perhaps because people could then see exactly how this nation’s gun toll dwarfs that of other democracies.
Oh, good Lord! Could Clines have found a more biased source? 31 mass shootings committed by CHL holders? Reading through the list I noted that gang members, people with violent criminal records were among the “CHL holders” that committed these “mass shootings”. Sorry, but people with criminal records are not issued carry permits, and certainly gang members would not bother with a permit would they? The fact is the source Clines uses is not credible or reputable. But, they regurgitate the lies he longs to hear, so, he gives these lies credence.
In the end, Clines is simply another brainwashed drone, bleating the bogus “facts” the Cult of Gun Control feeds him.