Women (and Men): Who Is Responsible For Your Defense? Part 2

11/10/2014
Dan Griffin

Last month I wrote about several cases where women were accosted and used a firearm to defend themselves against harm, even murder. We have new video of what happens when people depend on others for their personal defense. It doesn’t work. Just a few days ago a woman was kidnapped on the streets of Philadelphia. Fortunately the kidnapper wasn’t a MENSA member and committed some errors that enabled law enforcement to capture the criminal before he murdered his victim.


After all that has happened in the world and the United States, it still amazes me that people enthusiastically choose to go about their lives unarmed. I have read people stating that they ‘don’t want to live in a world where they have to worry about defending themselves,’ so they choose to remain defenseless. I don’t want to live in a world like that, either. Unfortunately I have to, and so do you. One’s naïve wishes can’t change the laws of physics or human nature.

Recently in Michigan we’ve been debating the open carry of firearms in schools. The debate has arisen because, outside of having a gun in your car when dropping off or picking up a student, open carry is the only way a parent can lawfully carry a firearm on school property. The Michigan legislature passed a bill, SB 59, that would have permitted concealed carry in schools so parents and others wouldn’t be forced to open carry, but the Republican governor Snyder vetoed it.

Perhaps one day I’ll understand how a pro-concealed carry, anti-open carry governor can veto a pro-concealed carry bill in favor of open carry. He forced parents to open carry in schools, and schools are up in arms. Pun intended.

As the video clip from Philadelphia illustrates, you alone are responsible for the defense of yourself and your family. What I don’t understand is the debate. What confuses me is that some people say that people shouldn’t be able to lawfully carry guns in school. Is that dangerous? As stated, my responsibility to protect my family doesn’t end at some arbitrary line.

Recently a Maryland high-school student planned on murdering as many people as he could with firearms and explosives, only he became too drunk to carry his plan out.

So tell me again, how does making a law against bringing a gun into a school prevent someone from bringing a gun into a school? If simply making a law against something solved the problem, we wouldn’t have had the JFK assassination, Columbine, or 9-11.

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