Friday, November 18, 2016

Remembering a Gun Control Failure

.Don Chicchetti, writing at the American Thinker on November 18, 2016, has an excellent article entitled Arm the Innocent. Chicchetti uses the attack on the Bataclan theater in Paris on November 13, 2015 as the example for failed gun control policies in the West. Chicchetti asks:
Let me ask you a question: would you prefer, or not prefer, for that brave soul to have been armed? Would you prefer, or not prefer, that 20-30 of the concertgoers had been armed? If you cannot easily say that yes, you wish they had been armed, then you are either allowing your ideology to hold sway over your morals, or you are simply not morally serious. What does it mean not to be morally serious? It means to value your view of yourself as peaceful/pacifist, or simply morally superior, more than you value other people’s lives.
T.S. Eliot said:
"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm -- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves."
In the end, other peoples lives, and even our own should weigh more heavily than hanging onto a notion of pacifism that, frankly, is Unbiblical. Jesus was not a pacifist. Neither should we be.  I don't carry a gun because it makes me feel anything.  Indeed, what I feel is a terrible burden of which I would as soon be rid.  But that in not the world in which we live.
The Eagles of Death Metal singer and guitarist Jesse Hughes was front and center at Bataclan when the massacre started. He escaped without injury but the experience changed him, and for a brief moment, the truth shot right through the media wall of leftist thinking when he said:
“I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single [expletive] person from dying at the Bataclan? And if anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so.” As he continued: “It just seems like God made men and women, and, that night, guns made them equal. Maybe until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them.”

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