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Police officers attacked. Molotov cocktails thrown. Buildings burned down. Statues toppled. Shots fired. Here in Florida, we had an ambush of police in Tampa:
This country has experienced its share of periods of unrest: I lived in California during the Watts riots, I watched the Vietnam War protests, I remember the shooting at Kent State.
But in the last two months, nothing has alarmed me as much as watching my country overridden by Black Lives Matter and their sycophants, guided by trained Marxists. I am making an effort through all of these activities to maintain perspective and not overreact. But I feel it’s time for me personally to take action.
A couple of statements have also reinforced my decision to act. David Marcus, a writer for the Federalist, led a protest to protect the Theodore Roosevelt statue at the Museum of Natural History in New York. On the Tucker Carlson show, Marcus made the following statement:
This is not new in history. We saw this in Russia. We saw this in China. We saw this in Venezuela. First, they topple the statues, then they start killing people, and then they take your rights away…
To provide perspective a published graph shows location of the protests as of June 2. And as of June 12, there were 1,700 protests across the U.S.
There is no sign of these activities dissipating.
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About four years ago my husband decided to purchase a gun. With some reluctance, I learned to shoot it, eventually acquiring my own gun. We decided that if we had guns in the house, we needed to learn how to shoot them. As a result, we’ve practiced every two weeks, gone to a week-long practice workshop and received personal instruction. We were enjoying ourselves and coached each other to improve our accuracy.
A few months ago we also applied for our Concealed Carry Permits. It just seemed like the natural thing to do. Some of our gun experts on Ricochet, people I respect, discussed the value of CCW. I went through the motions of qualifying for and receiving my permit. I was still ambivalent about carrying.
I dislike the idea of carrying a gun, and I don’t take it lightly. I live in a quiet gated community where I feel safe. But as soon as I step out of this community, everything changes. Along with the constant reminders of the coronavirus, its potential deadliness for people in my age group, death is not a looming specter but a shadow that seems to hover wherever I go.
I hate that these times dictate that it is wise to be vigilant, whether my health or my very life or the lives of others are involved. I hate that there are ignorant and foolish groups of people who think they can tell others what they should believe and how they should act. I hate that lawmakers are prepared to defy the laws along with the rioters and looters to make unlawful and ridiculous decisions. I hate that our leaders are discounting the value of the rule of law and the police who work to protect us. And yet at some level, I realize that my hate is unhealthy and detrimental to the way I want to live my life and how I want to relate to others.
So, I am defying those who want me to acquiesce to my own fear and those who want me to hate just as they do.
- I will arm myself.
- I will continue to practice so that I will be able to respond appropriately if the need arises.
- I am viewing videos that explain how to handle dangerous situations in a way that is as safe as possible.
- I will attend a workshop where I can practice in situations that are potentially life-threatening.
The paradox of taking these steps will, I think, become apparent. I will develop a realistic view of how to use a gun if I need to use it. I will be empowered to protect myself and others if the need arises. I will realize the heavy responsibility I am taking on, and practice acting in a safe and appropriate manner.
I believe my hate will dissipate and that my confidence and peace of mind will be fostered.
And if all the disruption and destruction dies down, there will be a lasting benefit.
I will have taken charge of my life.
And be ready for the next time.Published in