My friend Sean makes an excellent point, laws do not protect the law abiding. (Go read that. I’ll be here when you get back)
In a truly honest society of responsible adults, there would be no need of laws. I don’t refrain from killing people because it is against the law. I don’t go around killing people because that would be wrong. I don’t need the force of law to tell me that another human being has a right to life. On the other side of that, if someone decided that they wanted to kill me, I would gain nothing by yelling, “But that’s illegal!”
The law does not protect you, nor does it bind those who would defy it. All the law serves to do is act as an avenue of prosecution and punishment. As Sean points out, it protects the law breaker. Even those sworn to enforce the law can do nothing until after the law is broken. Certainly there are those dissuaded by the possibility of punishment, particularly where no victim is involved. (How many of you have sped past the speed limit signs on a deserted highway? Keep the answer to yourselves.) The point being that honest folks are generally decent to each other regardless of whether or not there is a law saying they should be. I don’t steal your stuff because it’s your stuff, not because a man with a badge might put me in a box.
There’s a funny thing about those bent on evil, those that aren’t bound by normal human decency. They look just like everyone else. It is not until they make their intention known that you realize they are different. At that point, the law has failed you. Maybe they will be caught. Maybe they will even be punished, but the risk of those things isn’t stopping them at the moment. This will end one of three ways; you will run away, you will stop them, or you will be a victim. There are no other choices.
I am 5’4″ and 133lbs. I have an extruded disc in my neck and mild scoliosis. I am not going to overcome anyone with brute strength. You’ve all seen my shoes, I’m probably not running away either. And I’m not about to let criminals dictate my fashion choices.
There is one thing and one thing only that has proven time and time again to stop someone bent on violence. A gun. And I promise you that no amount of gun control legislation will ever eliminate them, it will just change who has access to them. The thing you need in that moment where the law has already failed you, will only be accessible to criminals and representatives of the government (some overlap). Or do you really believe the criminals will just turn them in? Even if they did, that doesn’t really offer me a whole lot of comfort if I am staring down a 266lb criminal (the observant among you have already noticed that is twice my weight; a big guy, but not freakishly so). My husband is nowhere near that size, but he could easily overpower me physically.
The citizen disarmament crowd would have me summon a man with a gun and hope he gets there in time. In that moment where the law has already failed. Either that, or be a good victim. If I’m very lucky, maybe I’ll be able to give a description when the government representative with a gun arrives. I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a fan of luck.
I’d rather handle my personal defense myself, thank you very much. But those pushing gun control don’t like that. And it’s not about the gun. When they tell you that you can call the police to protect you, they are suggesting you summon a gun that is under government control. What they don’t like about armed citizens, is who is in control. When your elected government wants to wrest control away from its citizens, the real goal is control of the citizens. You know what you call citizens without control? Subjects.