Missoula, MT –-(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday's massacre in Aurora, Colorado should drive a wooden stake through the heart of at least two irrational but common theories:
Theory #1: Police will save you.
You see how well that worked out for the victims in Aurora.
Truly, police can almost never arrive in time to interdict violent aggression, not withstanding that many good and brave police officers would love to be present to take down an evil person and save innocent lives. They just cannot be there, at least not in time to save the victims, as in Aurora.
Rather, police are the cleanup crew. They string the yellow “crime scene” tape, take photographs of the dead, and try to catch the perpetrator. Moreover, the courts repeatedly rule that police have no duty to protect any individual. They have no duty to come when victims call. They have no duty to arrive in a timely manner. And, they have no duty to act or save anyone even if they do arrive in time.
Police simply cannot be depended on to save you. You are on your own. Admitting that is the first step towards personal responsibility and self defense.
Theory #2: “Gun free zones” discourage madmen and criminals.
Wrong. “Gun free zones” simply guarantee a defenseless pool of victims for those who don't follow any rules.
It is difficult to imagine a more irrational train of thought than this: A crazy person decides to violate the most rigid taboo of any modern society, the taking of innocent life. The crazy person also expects to die at the conclusion of his mayhem (as most do). So, the crazy person, intending to commit the most horrific crimes and die in the process gets to the door of the “gun free” theater or school and thinks to himself, “Gosh, this place has a policy disallowing guns here, so I'd better just quit and go home.”
Right, totally irrational, and it sure didn't work that way in Aurora.
Everyone is entitled to dreams, but dreams won't keep anyone safe. Neither will these two dreamy theories, now totally debunked with innocent blood in Colorado.Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana
About Montana Shooting Sports Association:
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