Everyone has the right to defend themselves.
100% of ALL firearm “accidents” occur as a result of someone violating one of the four most critical safety rules in the ownership and use of a firearm. Firearms don’t kill people as the media would have us believe, any more than pencils are responsible for making spelling mistakes. Your ability to STOP a firearm accident is strengthened by your knowledge of a firearm. In contrast, if you are not familiar with the workings of a firearm, you may actually encourage a deadly accident if you encounter one in the hands of an unauthorized person. That said, why don’t we ever hear a news report that says something like “There are over 80,000,000 gun owners in the nation today, and only 5 accidents were caused as the result of error on the part of the gun owner”?
Fact: Every person in the U.S. has the right to defend themselves, their family, and their property. Fit or fat. Blonde or brunette. When a drug-crazed criminal has a gun pointed at you, your political affiliations do not lessen the impact on your body or your mind. A bullet will sufficiently kill you. So how are you supposed to fight back under such circumstances?
Fact: According to FBI statistics, over 5,500 violent crimes are PREVENTED EVERY DAY by the mere presence of a firearm. So why are our newspapers and television screens only reporting the horrific scenes of crime and bloodshed at the hands of “crazed gunmen”? All we ever hear about are the terrible and criminal uses of firearms – school shootings, gunmen clipping off innocent bystanders one by one in a mall or a neighborhood, or gangs who murder and plunder with guns. Why aren’t we being given a clear picture of the use and importance of firearms in America? Why aren’t we hearing the real stories from the media – like the 83-year-old woman who shot a would-be rapist in her home. Or the woman who was raped, then given a rifle by a friend, and when the rapist RETURNED to her home she was able to defend herself and killed the rapist. Or about the female convenience store employee that was able to save her fellow co-workers from abominable acts at the hand of a robber by grabbing for the gun, and shot him. Or when a concealed-carry permit holder was able to thwart a massive shootout between police and a liquor store robber because he was willing to draw his gun and shoot the body-armored gunman squarely in the skull. Violent crime rates have fallen dramatically in right-to-carry states.
Why do we only hear about the terrible encounters with firearms? Because blood and sex sells. And it can’t simply be just anybody’s blood. No, it needs to be the blood of an innocent person, not a violent criminal. Yes, the so-called education of the facts of gun use for self-defense in America is being steered by money and mindless sheep, plain and simple. The media often fail to portray good examples of self-defense.
Why aren’t we hearing about the real firearm stories from the media? Follow the same money that goes abundantly to the media and you will see that many members of our government fear the legal possession of guns by its citizens. Why? Because the government has committed acts in violation of the U.S. Constitution and thus have reason to fear reprisals from its citizens. The majority of the media act as mindless minions to our government. And since the government has trampled mercilessly on the freedoms and liberties guaranteed to us through the U.S. Constitution, left to their own designs with no accountability required from the media, it is clear that the media is a willing accomplice in these acts. Violation after violation have occurred at the hands of each administration that have stripped many of our Constitutional freedoms in a clandestine manner, and yet the media and entertainment industry have failed to produce any headline which even questions such acts. Do the media even know what’s it like to actually be courageous Americans anymore? Or do they merely write about it in hopes that it earns them lauds of glory from their peers?
Fact: Having a firearm and knowing how to use it does not make you a violent person. In fact, you will find that responsible gun owners are peaceful, law abiding individuals because they are able to function without fear hanging over them. Yet firearm owners are never portrayed such an image in the national news.
Instead we hear the irresponsible and oppressive mantra of, “Don’t resist.” “Don’t fight back.” “Just give them the money, it’s not worth your life.” What they forget it that while money may not be worth your life, the freedom to be free IS worth your life. Ironically, what Thomas Paine and his associates did to the king of England to protect free speech (particularly of the media) is actually being used to give us a false education and thus strip us of other freedoms because of the false and criminalized picture of gun owners that we are confronted with every day.
According to Thomas Jefferson, history has proven time and time again that the option for citizens to arm themselves is what ensures protection against a “tyrannical government.”
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” (Thomas Jefferson Papers p. 334, 1950)
You see, not only can this type of “preservation of property” give you peace in your ability to defend yourself against violent acts, but it also gives you peace in defending your nation against the loss of freedoms as well.
Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised… to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia…” (In Virginia’s Ratifying Convention, Elliot p.3:379-380)
• “The militia may be here destroyed by that method which has been practiced in other parts of the world before; that is, by rendering them useless – by disarming them.” (Elliot, p. 3:379-80)
The men and women of America are not only the sole stewards over their own lives and that of their families – they are also the sole guardians of the Constitution. In the ultimate act of freedom, I say that we must take on a more proactive stance in order to fulfill our roles appropriately. With the increasing numbers of women raising families single-handedly, the extended hours our husbands are forced to work to sustain us, the increasing threat of brazen crimes being committed against women and children in broad daylight, the consistent attacks which are made on our freedom, for all of these reasons, we all need to become informed and skilled in the use of a firearm—not just in matters of self-defense use and safety, but also as a Constitutional right. We cannot relinquish our safety, our lives, or our freedom to the hands of strangers who may or may not be available to defend us when the need arises. We must take this responsibility for ourselves. After all, when all of our liberties are gone, there will be nothing left to protect.