I frankly don’t find it productive to do what I’m about to do. So why am I going to do it? Because rationally talking, and calm, thoughtful response to the rabid anti-gun lobby these days just isn’t working.
Sometimes using absurdity to illustrate the absurd is the only hope you have of cracking through the seemingly impenetrable shell of self-assurance your counterpart harbors. And when it comes to those who rush to social media and the airwaves to proclaim everyone who opposes government confiscation of guns as the moral equivalent of mass murderers, absurdity is their chosen state of mind.
So if that’s the way we’re going to play it, I have to ask why the folks at Moms Demand, Everytown, the Brady Campaign, Representative Ted Lieu and all the other gun control activists would have preferred to see this innocent family victimized and terrorized:
[A] 51-year old homeowner says his 17-year old daughter had called him to tell him that someone had blocked the road to their house with barrels. Instead of getting out of her car she drove around them. A short time later her father heard his dogs barking and saw his front motion-activated flood lights come on. He also heard what sounded like his car door closing and went to get his gun. After spotting some individuals trying to force their way into his garage, he fired three shots and the intruders fled into the woods. He later learned they had unscrewed some of his security lights.
As it turns out, four teenage boys (19-year-old Keilon Johnson, 17-year-old Austin French, 16-year-old Tyree Johnson, and 15-year-old Kamauri Horn) armed illegally with guns and knives, had set up the barrels in the road hoping that the teen girl would get out to move them. At that point they were going to kidnap her, duct tape her, conceivably assault her sexually, and then use her as bait to rob the wealthy family and terrorize them in their own home.
It is distinctly possible that the family would have been murdered in cold blood. The only thing that prevented that from happening was the father’s gun that Ted Lieu, Shannon Watts, and all the other gun control activists would have preferred to keep out of his hands.
The question that should be asked of each one of them is why? After every mass shooting, the news media parades these usual suspects in front of the cameras to allow them to accuse the NRA and law-abiding gun owners of being responsible for heinous crimes they didn’t commit. Yet they are the ones outrageously proposing legislation that would have never stopped the crimes to which they refer, but would eliminate access to guns and firearms for people like this 51-year-old dad who just saved his family.
It is simply journalistic malpractice that they are not forced to answer for that. Why is no one in the media cornering Representative Lieu, or Ms. Watts, and demanding to know why they would have preferred a world where this innocent teenage girl and her family were terrorized and tortured?
And they should be reminded that it could have been their families. It could be any of our families. Short of miraculously discovering a way to confiscate every gun in America, it seems callous and heartless to seek to deprive law-abiding citizens a right to defend their families from the violence that increasingly surrounds us. As one of those law-abiding citizens, I think they owe me an explanation.