San Berdoo and the 2A

I guess it is only natural after a horrific event like the Islamic terror attack in San Bernardino last week that people gather in their enclaves and prattle back and forth over every nuance they can imagine about the event. While I am no psychiatrist—or even pretend to be—I’m sure that one of those shrinks has some white paper that chronicles how this kind of nattering is a form of stress or grief relief. Trouble is way too many try to make far-reaching decisions while under such duress.

Power-hungry thugs wasted no time—never let a crisis go to waste—Obama and his minions were blaming right-wing Christians, the NRA and Republicans for the carnage before the two perps were even caught. Pressing the accelerator to the floor, they immediately called for more so-called common sense gun control legislation. The Council on American Islamic Relations was Johnny-on-the-spot to trot out family members of the perps and imply that the American people were the cause of these otherwise devout, peaceful people of Allah to make a slight misstep.

Social media exploded on all sides with seemingly everyone racing to put up the slickest or snarkiest meme first. On one side was the Left and Islam—an unholy alliance of collectivist hoodlums and barbaric savages empowered by the so-called mainstream media. The other side included traditional-value Americans, gunners and the overbearingly voiced political-rancor addicts. There were a few—very few—cogent thinkers who addressed real problems, but most of these folks remained silent and watched the show. In the middle was the Great Unwashed—the numerical majority by far—which includes the Humanists, Nihilists and, of course, the completely clueless.

So let’s look at some facts: Two bad guys with guns were stopped by a bunch of good guys with guns. The bad guys were Islamists bent on killing and terrorizing as many people as they could in the most horrific way possible. There is no arguing that Islamic terrorism is on our soil and likely will not end in the foreseeable future. Lastly, life as we have known it in the United States has changed forever.

Although this has been true for quite a while, the notion that law enforcement or any government agency, including the military, can guarantee our security is as obsolete as buggy whips. I mean this in no way to impugn our law enforcement or military personnel. The overwhelming vast majority of these fine people are doing their best—and even beyond—to protect us, and they are some of America’s finest. But they are rapidly losing their support from a leadership that is profoundly corrupt and as determined to destroy our way of life as the terrorists are to kill as many of us as possible.

Anyone who is paying attention should be able to see that the primary source of our personal security is ourselves. As I said, it has been that way for a long time, but now it should be obvious to anyone with an IQ greater than Arctic seawater temperature in January. The elite may be able to hire some bad asses to protect their precious hides, but for the rest that duty falls to each of us. How each of us chooses to provide our security is our own business. Many of us will choose the gun, despite the shrill line of bovine scat spewed by elites, many in the political class and the mainstream media.

There are some who fancy themselves as better, in terms of rational thought, than the rest of us. These folks claim they support the Second Amendment, but they still have a problem with “ugly” semi-automatic firearms—and march in lockstep with the widespread misused and false term “assault rifle”—constitutional concealed carry, open carry or the carrying of firearms by anyone who isn’t “trained” or “qualified.” Most of these folks do not—cannot—define what trained or qualified means.

One acquaintance stated that he did not want to have to carry a gun to his employer’s annual Christmas party. I am not aware of anyone supporting a requirement like that. The choice as to whether to go armed to a Christmas party or anywhere else should be a personal one. But this statement does have an underlying and pervasive false notion—that the mere presence of a firearm is somehow violent, evil or disturbing. This comes from the intellectually and morally vacuous notion that gun-free zones are safe.

My acquaintance is not a stupid or naive man. Like many of us, he holds fast to many traditional values, as well as accepted social notions. But as I said before, life in the U.S. is not what it was when most of us who are reading this grew up. We have to accept that evil is proliferating at a previously unheard rate, and this, in turn, must usher in a rethinking and adaptation of our own personal security tactics. The old ideas have inertia, but that inertia must be overcome so that we may adapt. And while we certainly should not make knee-jerk revisions, especially if they compromise our core values, we must make adjustments in our attitudes and tactics if we are not to find our and our loved ones’ heads on the pikes of barbarians.

Hence the gun. As individuals, each of us must make a decision as to whether we will go armed and when. If you choose not to at any time or for any reason, that is your decision to make. Once again—although I am not imploring anyone to go against their core principles—I must point out the fact that these kinds of events come with no warning.

I would also heartily encourage those who do choose to carry to seek out and get training in the use and tactics of their firearms. A firearm isn’t like an insurance policy. You are no more prepared to deal with a threat because you have a pistol stashed somewhere than you would be prepared to deal with a vehicle collision because you stashed a hundred or even a thousand bucks in your dresser. On the other hand, jettison this silly notion that the only people that should carry a firearm to defend themselves have a diploma from some government approved institution—suitable for framing—deeming them worthy. George Washington and his men never attended Gunsite.

Dave Campbell
Dave Campbell began his hunting career with a spear off the southern California coast in the late 1960s. It did not take long for him to graduate to the gun on land. Campbell is the founding editor in chief of the NRA’s tremendously successful Shooting Illustrated magazine. In 2006 he also edited the iconic book of terminal ballistics, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter—A Definitive Study. He returned to his beloved Wyoming in 2007 as a freelance writer, though he usually refers to himself now as a “recovering editor.”
  1. Chris V Reply

    Dave this is your best blog to date
    Chris V.

  2. Brad Reply

    Dave,

    cogent and correct

    Thank You

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