“Where you have the most armed citizens in America, you have the lowest violent crime rate. Where you have the worst gun control, you have the highest crime rate.” – Ted Nugent
Greetings, Liberty lovers!
So, I watched the most recent Trifecta video on YouTube yesterday, and I’ll include a link at the end of this article. If you’ve never seen Trifecta, it’s a video series featuring three brilliant and entertaining political commentators: Bill Whittle, Scott Ott, and Steve Green (with occasional sit-ins). In this most recent installment the trio were discussing the recent ISIS attack in Garland, Texas, and more specifically the media attention on Pamela Geller. During this discussion, Steve Green made an observation which, though terribly obvious, had completely escaped my attention.
In the article I posted yesterday, titled ‘Only in Texas’, I wrote about other attacks very similar to the one in Texas. One such event in particular was strikingly similar in all ways…save one. The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper, was in retaliation for cartoons published in the paper featuring an unflattering depiction of Muhammad, as it was in Texas. The perpetrators were two fanatical Muslim men armed with AK-47s, as was the case in Texas. The terrorists were shot dead after killing a dozen innocent people and wounding almost as many, as it was in Texas. Well, actually no innocent people were killed in Garland, Texas, and only one man was wounded. Obviously, that’s an important distinction and the reason for it, as Steve Green pointed out, is the critical difference between France and America. Americans are not disarmed.
France has strict gun laws dating back to about 1940, forbidding citizens to keep and bear arms except for those with a hunting license, which must be regularly renewed and requires a psychological evaluation to obtain. It’s safe to assume that no one in the offices of Charlie Hebdo was armed, nor were any of the hostages who were later held by these two representatives of the “religion of peace.” Did I mention that, in France, weapons like the AK-47s the terrorists were carrying are highly restricted? Well, I’m sure they probably picked them up at a local Paris gun show. Now, the Parisian police who first responded to Charlie Hendo armed, but they were outgunned and forced to retreat. One officer was shot dead as he lay begging for his life.
In Garland, Texas, the fanatics never even made it into the building. After wounding an unarmed guard, both AK-47 wielding would-be murderers, wearing body armor no less, were shot and killed by an off-duty police officer armed with a .45 caliber handgun. Now, one might argue that, because these Islamic zealots were killed by a cop and not an armed civilian, an armed society makes no difference. I disagree, however. Retaining the Second Amendment right in our society has a cultural impact, the effects of which can be seen in Texas and many other parts of the United States. Primarily in fly-over country where we knuckle-dragging Neanderthals still believe in Liberty and the right to self-defense. We’re old-fashioned that way…
The French, who willingly disarm themselves, seem to have an unfortunate shortage of hero cops like the unnamed traffic officer in Garland, whose courage and decisive action undoubtedly saved many lives. The right to carry a weapon, like the right to speak freely and openly, encourages responsible and moral action. More importantly, these rights are a safeguard for the Liberty that, to Americans, is more precious than the air we breathe. After all, the only real difference between a free man and a slave is the ability to maintain that freedom.
Think about it…
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