Last week, the news here in Florida was full of the story of a man who pulled a gun at a Panama City school board meeting and threatened several members of the board before the school’s security chief, Mike Jones, shot him. Jones’ bullets knocked the aggressor to the floor, where he then took his own life.
Also last week, Houston, Texas jewelry store owner Ramon Castillo turned the tide on three armed robbers who shot him and tied up his wife, while holding up his store. Castillo, 52, pulled his own handgun out and opened fire, then grabbed a shotgun and finished the job. When the smoke had cleared, all three hoodlums were dead. It was the third time the shop had been robbed, and neighbors in Castillo’s neighborhood all agreed that “it’s about time that somebody stood up to criminals.”
I agree. Crime is getting worse every day, in every corner of this country. All the police can do is respond to a crime scene after the fact, and if they do happen to catch the bad guys, more often than not the courts turn them loose, with a slap on the wrist, so they can prey on decent people again. Our system is broken, and since nobody seems to be in a hurry to fix it, people have to defend themselves.
Now, I can hear some people saying “yeah, but if we just outlawed guns, those burglars and robbers and rapists wouldn’t be able to commit their crimes.” Anybody who thinks that is, frankly, a nitwit.
A criminal will get a weapon, no matter where he is, or what laws are on the books keeping him from doing so. If you don’t believe me, let me ask you a question. Would you allow your wife or daughter to spend 24 hours walking around in a prison? I mean, after all, how dangerous can it be? The inmates aren’t allowed to have weapons of any kind! So she should be perfectly safe, right?
And don’t try to tell me that one can communicate with a thug and avoid violence. My older brother, Frank, was about the most mellow man who ever walked the earth. I don’t think he ever had a fight, even in high school. When I was sixteen, three punks robbed Frank and his neighbor while they were standing in his front yard chatting, then tried to kidnap his wife. When my brother tried to reason with them, they shot him six times and left him dying in front of his wife and three little kids. I’ve always thought that if my brother had relied on a gun, instead of words, he might still be with us.
I’m not advocating vigilantism, but I am saying that it’s up to you and me to protect ourselves and the people we love from the two legged animals of the world. Since we all can’t have our own personal bodyguard watching over us 24/7, it is up to us to provide our personal first line of defense.
Taking a human life is one of the worst experiences anybody can ever have, no matter what the circumstances. It will haunt you forever. But, if the alternative is to stand idly by and be victimized, or to have the people I care about victimized, I’m willing to shoulder that burden. Are you?
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