Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Coward Speaks Out

Yesterday, David of The War on Guns, linked to a news article that just flat out floored me. In his post, My Kind of Protest, David linked to an article that covered anti gun protesters, and the pro freedom and liberty folks who opposed them in Richmond VA.

Survivors and families of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings faced off Monday against gun-rights advocates over a bill that would prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying firearms at gun shows.

About 100 supporters of the measure lay on the Capitol lawn to honor the victims of gun violence, as about 200 opponents stood nearby, holding signs that read, "Here Lie Disarmed Victims."
The VCDL did an excellent job of showing up and countering the efforts of these idjits. SailorCurt has a recap of the day under "Happy John Moses Browning Day". Head on over and give it a read, it is an example of what a local gun rights organization can accomplish with a few motivated people.

The part of the news article that really caught my eye though was a verbal exchange between Jeff Knox and Colin Goddard. This exchange highlights a phenomenon that has really been bugging the heck out of me lately.

At one point, Jeff Knox, director of operations of the Manassas-based Firearms Coalition, approached survivor Colin Goddard and said students could have stopped student Seung-Hui Cho's rampage if they had been allowed to carry guns on campus.

"I would have stopped him," Knox said. "Because when I went to school, I carried a gun. It was legal; I did it."

Goddard, a Virginia Tech senior who was shot four times in the April 16 massacre, was taken aback, then said: "I feel sorry for you - the fact that you feel you need to protect yourself in every situation.

"You're afraid of crazy situations happening. I've lived through this and I know that I can't continue in my life afraid of things," he said, adding that he put his "full trust" in the police to protect society.
Hey Numbnuts, how well did that "full trust" in the police work for you at Virginia Tech? As four bullets were ripping through your terrorized body, what would you have given for somebody to put a stop to the violence? You are a liar if you say that you are glad that none of your fellow students or teachers had the tools to protect themselves, and in protecting themselves, also protect you. The fact that even after living through an extremely violent random encounter with a goblin, you refuse to protect yourself and those who may count upon you makes you a gutless wonder and a coward. The fact that you are actively lobbying to prevent folks who understand their responsibility to themselves, their loved ones and to society from being able to carry the most efficient tools to accomplish that task makes you a... I can't think of a good word that describes a coward who is so lost in his cowardice that he feels the need to shackle the rest of us with his impotence.

Folks such as Colin Goddard have been in the news quite a bit of late.

One example that Fits covered is the story of a woman who was severely beaten in front of her boyfriend and bus load of adults by a group of middle school kids in "Always Dangerous When Attacking in Packs".

Colin, I carry a firearm with me pretty much at all times. I avoid places where a concealed firearm is prohibited, and work hard to support our right to keep and bare arms. I do this for the same reason that I carry an umbrella and jack behind the back seat of my truck. Am I scared of rain or a flat tire? No, but these are the most efficient tools to deal with rain or a flat. A firearm is the most efficient tool that I have at my disposal to deal with a violent criminal. As evidenced by your scars, a person never can tell when he (or she) will be forced into a situation where dealing with a violent goblin is necessary.

Also commenting on this is Nicki with "I Feel Sorry For You..."


Fits said...

As men, and this is something that one used to be taught at an early age, it is our duty to protect those incapable of fending for themselves. Not a want or a desire, or a feeling, but an obligation to society. There have forever been "men" who are unaware of this commitment, and since civilization has coddled them their numbers grow more and more with each passing year.

BobG said...

There was a time when natural selection kept the numbers of these weenies down; since society started coddling them, their numbers have grown. This is not a good thing for the survival of our society.

John R said...

It would not be so bad if they would just keep to themselves. By some twist of logic, they become empowered by their attempts to emasculate the rest of us. It is their successes at this emasculation in our schools and in our legal systems that bodes ill for society.

Just John said...

Goddard is a piece of human waste. I feel bad that lives were lost that day, but I'm more disgusted by the reaction of the limp-wristed, pacifist, do-nothings that would see us all victimized by thugs. Idiots.

That idiot actually BELIEVES that crap. You would think that being presented with the FACT that armed citizens could have saved his son's life would cause some shadow of an intelligent thought to trickle through his brain...alas; not.

Anonymous said...

"I feel sorry for you - the fact that you feel you need to protect yourself in every situation."

The first word out of my mouth was "WHAT?!"

Seriously, what was he talking about?

If a violent situation occurs that threatens your life, taking measures to protect yourself shows that you want to live and that you've got some brains to help you to achieve that desire.

*I* feel sorry for *him.* Not only was he victimized from the incident by being shot, he did not learn ANYTHING to his benefit from it.

If the cops show up in time to help, great! But, until then, you are on your own so you're either prepared or you risk death.

Unknown said...

As it has been said often:

When seconds count, call 911, just minutes away!

The police are not there to prevent you from being shot, knifed, or beaten. They clean up the crime scene and find the perp and arrest him. In the meantime you are dead or wounded. Do you like how that sounds?

If not, defend yourself with appropriate equipment.

Anonymous said...

I saw these two (father and son/victim) on a talk show espousing their anti-gun retoric. It appeared to me that they sincerely believe they would rather die than carry a weapon. To them, being armed means living in fear. OK, fine...they are free to believe that. But to dictate to the rest of us that we should also be willing to die rather than defend ourselves is just sick. To those of us who carry, we know that being armed is the opposite of living in fear.

Nate said...

I found a similar sentiment in a local fool just a couple weeks ago. He doesn't wnat to be protected by anybody but one of "The Only Ones" if he happens to be threatened. Pity there are people like that, including the one I happen to be married to.