Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life

By , on May 25, 2013

Firearms, Opinion


This week an extremist British citizen used knives and other bladed weapons to kill a British soldier. This was a daytime attack in public, with innocent spectators merely watching. Of course, the British, being duly civilized, had no guns available to stop the attacker. The citizens cannot carry guns nor have them at the ready in their homes. Even most of the police are unarmed; only a few armed police units are available. Reports vary on how long it took for armed personnel to arrive. The quickest time I heard (NPR) was 13 minutes. But we know the medics and unarmed police arrived first. And there are reports that an armed response took as much as 30 minutes. Whether an armed response occurred 13 minutes after the initial call by the public, or 13 minutes after the first responders arrived is unknown.

The British have done an excellent job of what American progressives think needs to be copied in the U.S. They have disarmed their citizens, and even most of the cops, to assure that the hoodlums, criminals, and bad guys have free reign to do harm. When attacks like this occur, or the Norwegian massacre of a few years ago, or the Newtown massacre, the facts point to faulty strategies for safety and survival by the victims, their guardians, and their governmental officials. Most of the gun control reforms proposed after Newtown confirm this view; there was almost no nexus between the legal changes proposed and the causes for the atrocious crimes committed. Fortunately, many of us understood that and made it known to our legislators, causing most of the proposed changes to fail.



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