Op-ed by David McCoy of Mason City -
I am a CCW permit holder and I do carry a weapon with me about 90% of the time. Two years ago I didn’t give gun ownership much thought, but with the increase in violence and criminal activity in my neighborhood, the increase of crime everywhere, and a couple of threats to my life and safety of my family by a couple unsavory individuals (whom shall remain nameless) for utterly ridiculous reasons, persuaded me to exercise my 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms.
So, over the past few days since this shooting, I have thought about the situation and how I feel I would have reacted. I have read many, many responses to that question and had many personal conversations about it. I can honestly say that I believe no one will ever be able to tell you how they would react until they have lived that type of situation.
I can honestly tell you that, had I been in that theater and armed (despite the fact that the theater was a posted no weapons zone) when this senseless attach occurred, I mostly likely would NOT have been leaping rows of seats and scattered bodies in an attempt to put a slug into the attacker’s melon. No, I am certain I would have been crouched on the floor, shielding the bodies of my family with my own. Would I have had my weapon drawn and ready for use? Most definitely. I have proven to myself that I will, in the face of reasonable threat to my own life, or that of my family, protect it with reasonable force. I have had to draw my weapon once since I began carrying it. I felt that my wife and I were at serious risk. I believe that the presence of my weapon and my willingness to present it diffused the situation. I will not go into details about the situation, as I do not wish to make my identity known to the person(s). Suffice it to say that my night ended peacefully, albeit a little shaken. I hope I do not ever have to do that again. I do not like the feelings it left me with, nor do I care for the feelings it evoked in my wife. No one should have to live in fear of walking down the street in their own neighborhood.
I see a lot of people going on and on about more gun laws and banning all weapons. This will not solve the problem. When you take away the guns and make owning one a crime, then only criminals and government (I know, synonymous) will have guns. Where will that leave the average law abiding citizen? We will be at the mercy of criminals and government. I would love to know, at what point in our history, the people decided that our roles should be reversed; the government should fear it’s people, not the vice versa. The government is supposed to work for us, not control us. As it is, the U.N. Small Arms Treaty is shaping up to disarm the law abiding citizens of America. Couple that with this wonderful new RFID chip implant idea that (y)our government wants to implement and we will all be lemmings in no time.
As much as I could continue on about the gun issue, I do not believe that I can do it any better justice than what I found in one article online, written by Maj. L. Caudill, USMC (Ret.). Please see the following link to my Facebook profile where I have his article saved as a note. I have it set to public so everyone should be able to view it.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that everything above is MY OPINION, and therefore, not open for debate. I am entitled to my opinion as you are entitled to yours. I will not engage in an argument where we attempt to change each other’s minds about our stance on this subject. You will either agree with me or agree to disagree with me.