Asa Hutchinson, we recall, was the man named to head the NRA School Shield program to put armed security in our nation’s schools in the wake of the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. He is a man who understands the logical truth: the only way to stop mad dog mass killers is to do what we would do with any other mad dog.
According to the Associated Press, “A day after a gunman shot and killed four Marines and wounded three other people in Chattanooga, Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, told reporters that arming troops in those offices could cause more problems than it might solve. ‘I think we have to be careful about over-arming ourselves, and I’m not talking about where you end up attacking each other,’ Odierno said during a morning breakfast. Instead, he said, it’s more about “accidental discharges and everything else that goes along with having weapons that are loaded that causes injuries.”
“We’re always going to be somewhat vulnerable to a lone wolf, or whatever you want to call it, a surprise shooter, because we are out there with the population and that’s where we have to be,” added the Chief of Staff.
Kudos to Governor Hutchinson for decisively doing what is obviously the right thing. I sincerely hope it starts a trend.
In the meantime, that picture of the bullet-riddled window of the recruiting office in Chattanooga – replete with its “no guns” sign – stands as stark proof of the fact that “gun free zones” are simply hunting preserves for mass murderers.
The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and there are safety concerns.
There are rumblings from ISIS that they are trying to instigate their minions and the mindless “lone wolves” they influence to do bad things to Americans on Independence Day. Ratchet your alertness level up one notch at least, and be ready to protect yourself, and yours, and those around you.
In commentary on another blog entry here, one of our readers asked about safety tips on fireworks. If it’s being professionally done in your community, my advice is to stand well back away from the damn launchers. A rearward perspective will probably give you a better set of “oohs” and “aahs” when they burst in the sky anyway. But it will also keep you and your kids more out of range of anything that could go wrong. The worst such debacle I know of occurred when a Chinese sky torpedo, which proved to have been defective, exploded in its launch tube in Michigan. Death and dismemberment resulted.
Be really, REALLY careful about fireworks at home. I’ve trained multiple one-armed people in self-defense shooting, who needed that special attention because in their younger days they were careless with home-made fireworks and assorted other incendiary/explosive devices. We can all learn from their suffering.
With all that said, I’ll be making noise on the Fourth one way or the other. I’m in the process of writing a pre-trial report in a murder case, where I’ll be speaking as an expert witness called by the defense for a young woman who saved her life with a gun when a man attacked her with deadly force. That, obviously, takes precedence over fun. If the report is done as soon as I hope it will be, this weekend I’ll be shooting an IDPA match with good friends. If it isn’t, I’ll take some time off to get out on my own home range and do some trigger pulling, to commemorate the armed citizens of 18th Century America who preserved my right to do so.
For many years now, I’ve been in my beloved home country to celebrate the Fourth. In my younger days, with kids to support, I couldn’t teach classes on holidays so July 4 usually found me in another nation earning money for my wife and children. Most often – before their handgun ban of 1996, which must have made the longbowmen of Agincourt spin in their graves – that was in one or another part of Great Britain. When I spent the Fourth in the British Empire, I would flush a teabag down a toilet in commemoration of the Boston Tea Party…and my British brothers and sisters understood.
The recent atrocity in Paris reminds us all of the continuing danger from homicidal fanatics. The cowardly murderers ran rampant, unopposed; according to some reports, one or both of the police officers killed in the massacre were unarmed and helpless to fight back.
President Obama is taking a lot of heat for not flying to Paris to join a reported 40 other heads of state in a show of solidarity. This is one thing I won’t criticize the man for. If I were head of Secret Service I would have stood in the Oval Office and screamed at him, “It’s nucking futs! Can you imagine a more irresistible target for Islamic terrorists than forty-one of you, including the head of the Great Satan itself?!?” I’m frankly amazed that there wasn’t an attack on the gathering, though I’m glad there wasn’t…and if the free world’s security services are smart, they won’t tell us if there was such a conspiracy and they were able to successfully abort it behind the scenes.
The prohibitionists and anti-self-defense groups will scoff at the idea that one or more people with handguns among the crop of victims might have thwarted two men who wielded AK47s. They don’t want to hear about Charl van Wyk, who stopped twice that many in a South African attack, armed only with his five-shot snub-nose .38 revolver. You can read about his case and more – and about dozens of helpless victims murdered when there wasn’t “a good guy (or gal) with a gun” to stand up for them – in the current issue of American Handgunner magazine: http://americanhandgunner.com/the-false-hope-of-gun-free-zones/ .
The authorities expect more such attacks throughout the free world and, yes, here. My advice is load, holster, and be ready.
It’s not about the odds…it’s about the stakes.
That’s enough about what I think. I want to hear what YOU think about this.
December 7, 1941, the day Franklin Delano Roosevelt correctly predicted would live in infamy. What followed reshaped the world, and very much shaped my generation, the boomers, because our parents and our culture had been so marked by World War II.
The lessons remain, even on the level of individual daily life.
Be prepared for crisis. If it doesn’t happen, fine. If it does, you won’t have to start behind the curve when you have to deal with it, as a largely unprepared United States had to in the early part of that war.
Don’t ignore a blip on the radar screen. Awareness and preparedness are two sides of the same coin. Preparedness isn’t enough if your guard is down and you’re totally blindsided; if you see danger coming but don’t have the wherewithal to stop in, you just get to watch in horror for a little longer as you are destroyed.
True then, true now. True in macrocosm and true in microcosm.
On this day of giving thanks, I hope you’re all with friends and family and, if you’re caught in the Northeast storm, I hope you get through it OK.
And if you’re in Ferguson, Missouri, well, condolences. I hope you get through that storm, too. If you’re NOT in Ferguson, you have one more thing to be thankful for.
For me, I’m thankful that I only have to watch CNN, currently the “all Ferguson, all the time” network, when I want to. Not until last night did they even mention the murder of the young black man who may have witnessed the Michael Brown shooting and given honest testimony that favored Officer Wilson. However, CNN didn’t make that connection. Conservative Treehouse did, a day or two before. Thanks, Treepers! . Indeed, some of the most incisive commentary on this whole case can be found at the Treepers’ main website This element of the case needs more investigation…
A lesson: mad dogs bite anyone, including their own. Among the casualties are the burned-down African-American church that Michael Brown’s biological dad attended. And the bakery of the nice black lady who, throughout the whole mess, had been providing free food for protesters. The difference between mad dogs and rioters is that no one blames you if you shoot rabid dogs.
Meanwhile, a couple of New York Times reporters have published the new address of Officer Wilson and his new wife. If that home is burned down, I think those reporters and their paper will bear significant responsibility. (Someone on the conservative side has, in turned, put the addresses of the two reporters on the Internet. Please, folks, encourage everyone to leave that alone: don’t let them turn “us” into “them.”) It would seem that some elements of the lynch mob have already put a price on Darren Wilson’s head.
Thanks to all the emergency service personnel who are sacrificing their holiday with their families for the safety of the good citizens of Ferguson and other locales that have caught the sparks of civil disturbance.