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Last week, two incidents on opposite sides of the country revealed the contrast of an armed and unarmed society. The first, was the atrocity in Colorado, where a psychopath was able to kill and wound over 70 defenseless moviegoers. The second, was in Florida, where an armed, 71 year-old man successfully defended the patrons of an internet café from two criminals that were 1/3 of his age.
In Aurora, Colorado, strict gun laws prevent law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms, and guns are specifically restricted inside theaters. In Florida, proper laws allow citizens to carry guns and to stand their ground. In Colorado, scores of innocents were killed and wounded by a man carrying a gun. In Florida, two criminals were shot by a man carrying a gun and arrested. Both shootings plainly show that the best way to combat gun crime is to allow good people to protect themselves.
The actions of the 71 year-old remind us that firearms are the great equalizer of men. In no other circumstance, would a senior citizen be able to defend himself from two people in the prime of their physical lives. While guns can be used to commit crimes, they can just as easily be used to protect the innocent from criminals. Had this 71 year-old been in attendance at the Colorado theatre, or had one of the movie patrons (which included active military members) been armed, the assailant, who reloaded his weapon and experienced a gun-jam, would surely not have inflicted the same damage. Had the criminal known that citizens in this theatre would be armed, and that he would potentially be wounded, killed or humiliated, he likely would never have attempted this infamous act.
It is vital to note that the Colorado gunman surrendered peaceably to police. He did not do so because the police represented the local government. He surrendered to the first armed person that confronted him. Both the Colorado and Florida shootings clearly reveal that the only people who can stop maniacs, and protect the innocent, are armed citizens. Law-abiding Americans do not deserve to have to wait for their government to protect them, as that help so often comes too late.
The liberal media’s attempt to manipulate the atrocity in Colorado to disarm Americans defies common sense. Gun laws do not stop outlaws from obtaining or carrying guns. They only serve to prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and others. The wicked will always attempt to harm the innocent. The only question is, will our government’s allow us to protect ourselves from the wicked?
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