Saturday, July 21, 2012

Gun Violence

Fact: The world is full of shitty people. No matter how much one may hope and pray that they go away, they keep coming back. Too many moral idiots who have been raised with an attitude of entitlement, a kinder, gentler, spineless politically correct government, absent parental guidance, violent video games that desensitize them to murder and mayhem, and religious fanaticism. Sometimes we can predict which ones are batshit crazy and other times we get caught with our pants down as in the case of James Holmes who allegedly walked into the Century 16 movie theaters in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire killing at least a dozen people and wounding many more.

Holmes legally bought four firearms and over six thousand rounds of ammunition just prior to his spree. The gun grabbers and the liberals will be having a field day with this, completely missing the bigger picture. Just one brave theatergoer with a concealed carry weapons permit could have stopped this calamity or greatly reduced the death toll. Provided that is, that the theater didn't disarm its law abiding citizens.

Yes, Holmes was wearing a Kevlar helmet, gas mask, and Kevlar vest, but those do not make one bulletproof. They just reduce the extent of the injury or amount of the penetration of many rounds. Had someone been armed with a .45 ACP, 40 S&W, .357, or 10mm handgun and practiced enough to be proficient, firearms owners would be the hero in this drama, not the boogeyman.

I am a sheepdog. I have the heart of a warrior and a strong protective instinct. I take care of the weak and I try to help the needy. I dislike confrontation, and I detest violence. Therefore, I try to expect it and be prepared for it. As a former police office, I know firsthand how rapidly and unexpectedly violence can appear and escalate. The sad truth is that often when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Their job is generally much more reactive than proactive and with limited funds, there is only so much they can do.

Mourn the victims of this travesty and their families. Don't blame the guns, gun manufacturers, or gun stores. Get your own firearm and learn how to use it safely and proficiently. Get a concealed carry permit, and carry ALL OF THE TIME.

Don't let the media spin this out of control. Don't let it be used as a election year campaign tool. Don't vote for any elected officials who would restrict or eliminate any of our Second Amendment Rights. Don't be a victim of tomorrow's senseless tragedies.

Its strange how the alleged shooter choose a movie about a violent vigilante to make his black mark on America's pages.

Colorado Theater Shooting

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