September 2nd, 2005
|01:35 pm - Second Amendment screed|
I am quite sure that what I am about to say will piss off quite a few people who are likely to read this blog, but frankly I don't care.
The anarchy and looting and lawlessness occuring in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is the best possible advertisement for responsible gun ownership by law-abiding citizens I have ever seen.
There are repeated reports of rapes, assaults and murder occuring in the city. Civil order has broken down completely -- even WITH the presence of the police, the National Guard and troops sent by the Pentagon, chaos reigns supreme.
In a situation like that, firearms are the only thing that can provide safety and protection for oneself, one's loved ones and one's property.
You don't have to like what I say, but in your heart you know I'm right -- even if you don't want to admit it in public. Or even in private.
I've lived through civil unrest, rioting and looting before -- in NYC in the 1970s, in Miami in the 1980s and a few months ago while in India on the way to the Golden Temple in Amiritsar. It's an ugly thing. And being in the middle of a riot in progress is absolutely terrifying. Especially when the police decide that they have had enough and they turn in their badges and quit -- which has happened in New Orleans, according to reports I've read on the newswires.
One must be prepared to rely on oneself in a time like that.
Being knowledgeable and proficient in the use of firearms can mean the difference between being a victim or a survivor.
Read interdictor's journal for a first person account of what's been going on. In particular, read this post from yesterday.
Think about New Orleans the next time you decide to complain about the NRA. Think good and HARD.
Current Mood: angry
Current Music: "City of the Dead" by Inkubus Sukkubus
At least then ordinary citizens might have a chance against armed thugs when the police are doing an inadequate job of protection.
I'm not for indiscriminate availability of firearms, mind -- I think that those who want them should be fully licensed and background-checked and that certain folks really shouldn't be allowed to have them legally. Here in the States there are lots of folks who think guns should be functionally illegal, which they are in New York City. However, all that does is make law-abiding citizens vulnerable to law-breakers -- lots and lots of people here still get shot and sometimes killed, even with some of the strictest gun control laws in the US.
What Katrina's aftermath showed was that when civil order has broken down, people must be prepared to fend for themselves -- including being able to protect themselves and their loved ones. Police are the best -- but sometimes they just are not around.
When law-abiding citizens are prevented from having the option of protecting themselves in a pinch, then criminals have little to fear from preying on them.
I'm just interested in the playing field being a bit more level is all.