Have you ever been watching a movie where someone is in life-threatening danger and thought to yourself “For the love of God why doesn’t this person have a gun?!” With Hollywood actors and directors being as guns-are-icky liberal as they are, there are literally countless examples of this.
The first one that comes to mind for me is Captain Phillips, the film starring Tom Hanks where the cargo ship off the coast of Somalia gets boarded by modern day pirates. In that case, which is based on a true story, the ship knew for quite some time that they were about to be boarded by these guys armed with automatic weapons. Their prepared defense was to call for help (hours away) and spray the bad guys with water hoses. WATER HOSES! Now since this film is based on real life and the ending wasn’t left to nutty liberal writers, it ends with the Navy SEALS coming to the rescue with guns to shoot the pirates dead rather than some impossibly unlikely death-defying scenario that would never play out for you but at least no guns were involved. Nonetheless, the entire ordeal could’ve been over in about 5 minutes had the crew members each been properly armed with weapons of their own rather than hoses slightly more powerful than a Walmart super-soaker.
Do you think for a second that these Somali pirates would’ve spent their morning in a shootout from their 10 horse power driftwood dingy boats against a 220,000 ton cargo ship armed with 50’ steel sides and a dozen heavily armed men? No way, hombre. Just as any bully or predator, they would find an easier target and the ship’s crew would have an infinitely greater chance at returning to their families safely. Really the only downside here is Captain Phillips would never have been a movie, which sucks because the movie is great.
But the anti-gun lobby doesn’t feel that way. They make the case all the time that guns are bad in all cases and to inject more of them into any situation makes every situation worse. By the way, this isn’t meant to be critical of the crew members on that cargo ship. If they chose to enter pirate infested waters without guns but the ability to do so, that’s their call. It is a bad call. A terrible, irresponsible, totally insane call, but one they’re allowed to make. This post is an open criticism of the anti-gun culture that is permeating in America that literally puts people in danger on a daily basis and yet we’re supposed to pretend otherwise.
Consider the real possibility that you’re a parent and during the middle of the night someone breaks into your house. Are you supposed to take your cues from Hollywood to protect your family? If you did, you would get out of bed, head downstairs in your underwear with a flashlight and maybe a Louisville slugger baseball bat calling out into the dark “hello? Who’s there?” to which, in real life, the bad guy wouldn’t come out and chat with you for a few minutes while you plan some daring counter attack with the cast iron skillet, they’d just shoot you and your family dead so they could peruse your stuff without any disturbances. Or worse, being the sick monsters they are as one must be to enter someone’s home uninvited in the middle of the night, they could do unthinkable things to you and your family. Liberals call what I just laid out ‘fear-mongering’, but I call it real life. Is it likely this happens to you? No, thank God. It’s especially unlikely if you make good choices and necessary precautions. Nonetheless, there are evil people who do evil things, and there always will be.
Now, if you’re like me, a father who takes his responsibility to protect his family seriously, you’d send your wife (armed) into the kid’s bedroom and a cellphone already dialing 911, lock the door, and quietly investigate the unwelcome guest with a loaded gun of your own. Should I find someone in my living room with a bat, a crowbar, a glock, or a turkey sandwich, I’d give them about 2 seconds to convince me they don’t mean my family harm before I drop them dead on the oriental rug. Sorry, but its 3AM, Jack. What the hell are you doing in my living room next to a broken window if not to cause me harm? That’s my plan and I’d call it common sense. Any alternative to that is not worth the life of my wife and son. Unfortunately, Hollywood along with half of America would react to such a suggestion by going into cardiac arrest and waving a dildo in my face screaming “cocks not glocks”. Click the link if you dare, or just take my word for it.
Should these people get their way, America would be less safe. Your family would be less safe. Period. Oh, but don’t fret. The liberals have ideas other than water hoses on how to protect our children from danger. Some of you may remember the Colorado school who suggested women confronted by rapists urinate or vomit to deter the sexual assault, or simply inform the would-be rapist that they’re menstruating. I’m not trying to dissuade anyone from these tactics per say, I’m merely suggesting that you don’t leave your life to the chance that you can induce vomit or have to pee when you could as easily buy a firearm that you’re comfortable with and carry it. I guarantee you rapists are more afraid of bullets than the smell of urine.
What’s the point of arguing with liberals though? I had three other instances of wildly obvious hypocrisy on this issue I was prepared to include in this post, but seriously, what’s the point? Liberals don’t care. They aren’t sincerely interested in what the truth is or what’s best for people’s safety. They don’t have the intellectual curiosity to challenge their preconceived notions that guns are terrible and to be for anything other than massive restrictions and bans on anything that looks like a gun, up to and including Pop Tarts chewed into gun shapes, is to be for dead children and widespread rape. And here I am getting called an ‘extremist’ by suggesting people protect themselves with the same things used to protect police, airports, government buildings, and entire countries in times of war. I’m an extremist for correctly believing that most people are good people and are prepared to handle the responsibility of gun ownership.
Honestly, I’m not ashamed of the ‘extremist’ badge. I’m extremely in favor of liberty and having the freedom to choose how to protect yourself and your family. I’m extremely against the idea that gun ownership is a privilege that comes from our government overlords and not a right that comes from God, or simply a natural right at birth if you prefer. Guns are no more dangerous than teddy bears in the sense that when they’re left alone, nothing happens. I could use a Care Bear to smother you in your sleep as easily as I could lodge a bullet in your brain. One may be ultimately easier, but both require a wrong choice from a person with free will. We should no more restrict and ban hammers and cars than we should guns, and to suggest otherwise is a fool’s errand because an honest look at the statistics in any country or area that has extremely high gun-control legislation would show you that they have more violent crime, not less.
And to be clear, the statistics don’t matter because our rights don’t come from approving statistics. Even if there was such a law that could deter gun violence (there isn’t) I still wouldn’t be in favor of it. I still wouldn’t surrender my liberty to the select elite in government in order to achieve more security. Don’t get mad at me. Take it up with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the rest of the founding fathers who wrote our Constitution and Bill of Rights. They agreed that our rights are natural and self-evident and to secure them is the primary role of government, not to control every decision we make in the name of our own safety. It isn’t their job, and it isn’t their right to do so.
Individual rights, by the way, also don’t come from majority opinion. Certainly we would all agree (I hope) that even if a majority of the country voted against the right of free speech, that wouldn’t eliminate your right to free speech. It would just make a majority of the country in favor of tyranny. There was once a time when a majority of the world was in favor of slavery and that didn’t make it morally right. Guns are no different. I don’t care if the propaganda spewing government and their slavish media convince half the country that we’re less safe by arming ourselves.
I’m happy to stand on the side of liberty and justice and claim that the world would be a safer place if everyone had a gun rather than no one. But please, convince me otherwise that any of the recent shootings that have gripped the national stage would’ve ended worse had the victims all been armed. Convince me that even more children would’ve died in Newtown Connecticut had ever teacher and faculty member been armed. Convince me that more people would’ve died in the church shooting in Charleston had every member of the church been armed when Dylan Roof mercilessly gunned down nine innocent people. Convince me that if you, if confronted by a criminal with a gun, wouldn’t honestly want a gun of your own to defend yourself with rather than helplessly beg for mercy because your life is completely out of your own control. Convince me.