We're Safer With Second Amendment
Let me ask you a question. Suppose you were walking across a parking lot bordering a couple of restaurants, a pharmacy, and some local stores in a reasonably upscale business area on a week day in mid-afternoon. The area is clean, and you are surrounded by shoppers and business professionals coming and going from late lunches and it is a bright, warm day. Would you expect to have a stranger single you out and threaten your safety?
Now, let’s apply the same scenario to a run-down shopping area in a run-down inner city neighborhood only this time let’s say there aren’t a lot of people around and those that are hardly fit the definition of business professional.
Let’s add to the scenarios that you are a 6’3″/220-pound, black male who is fit and gives the appearance of being cognizant of his surroundings at all times. In which scenario would you be inclined to assume the safety of the man referenced to be threatened?
If you said it was the first scenario give yourself five points, and if you figured out that the man referenced was me give yourself another ten points.
Last week, while walking across a parking lot in the middle of the afternoon in a upscale neighborhood, I was approached and propositioned by a homosexual pervert who offered to pay me money if I allowed him to perform a sex act on me.
Here’s my point. If the middle-aged, nondescript, white male, professionally dressed and average looking, who approached me and tried to lure me close to his vehicle was desperate enough to approach me how desperate would a person have to be to attempt grabbing an unsuspecting woman or child?
This is exactly why our Second Amendment rights are so important. This is exactly why semi-automatic, point and shoot hand guns are important.
It is a given that a person’s safety is always in question in drug and crime-infested inner city neighborhoods. But that is not the case with the area I happened to be walking in that day. Had the man who was bold enough to approach me decided to push the envelope things could have gone sideways very quickly. I was immediately taking in a lot of data as soon as the man called out to me even though it was in a seemingly nonthreatening manner initially.
I had to assess where his hands were, and note a description of him and his vehicle. As I could only see his one hand, I had to very quickly determine if it were possible that he had a weapon in the hand I couldn’t see.
Suppose the man had been looking for someone to shoot, and he had decided that I would do. I and all those around me would have been in danger of losing our lives. But with a firearm the threat of that happening was just reduced for me and those around me.
There were no police around. And if the man had initiated an attempt to shoot at me, and into the crowd, the time it would have taken for the police to arrive would have seemed like an eternity.
It is sad, but an undeniable truth, that danger and threats to our person literally lurk around us at any given moment. No one knows how many people the Columbine shooters interacted with before completing their horrific deed. Who knows how many times each day we walk by or come in contact with someone who is planning a hostile act or physical assault for monetary gain, etc.
Liberals and anti-gun zealots may try to deny this, but the evidence proves otherwise. Our Second Amendment rights are not only to protect us from a government that could turn against, but they are also there to ensure we are free and able to protect ourselves from criminals.
It is a fact that the more men, women, and children who are trained to handle firearms and who are licensed to carry, the safer the streets will be for everyone. Because criminals are much less likely to attempt to harm us or commit a violent act if they know the people they want to rob, rape, or kidnap are armed.
I’m sure all reasonable thinking people will agree.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here