Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snatched Away

Brittany Zimmerman

Another young life taken, snatched away by a formidable human predator who's very existence is denied by so many young people. A young woman, full of life, idealistic goals, and a radiant smile, gone because she was conditioned to rely on others for her personal safety. It didn't have to be this way.

So many young people are taught to believe that self-defense is wrong and that they should rely on the police in a time of crisis. Too many times we see this belief crumble when confronted with the realities of the world. By then it's often too late and a life is lost or forever damaged as that reality is thrust upon them in an agonizing moment of terror.

I am deeply saddened by what happened to Brittany Zimmerman. If someone close to her had instilled the right mindset and ensured she had the right tool, Brittany might be alive today.

Many colleges offer Rape Aggression Defense classes to female students. They stress not walking home alone, locking doors & windows etc. etc. At the same time however, they will bemoan firearms, ignoring their obvious application as a tool of protective violence, particularly for women.

Most colleges would have you believe guns are evil talismans. The 2nd Amendment? Please! It doesn't even exist (trust me, it was never mentioned in any Con Law class I took)

The simple fact of the matter is that guns can save lives. They do save lives. If objective fact, proficiency, and healthy respect for firearms were being instilled in young folks like Brittany rather than the pervasive hoplophobia of higher academia we might see more bright minds grow into strong, individualistic women. We need more women like that in this world, and fewer murderous goblins.

Teach the women in your life to shoot. Impress upon them that a gun is a tool, a tool that may save their life one day. I know that's one of the things I want to accomplish in 2009.


mike's spot said...

great post mike. I agree completely.

I'm slowly introducing my ultra-liberal GF to firearms- she's at least come from "OMG GUNS ARE BAD" to understanding they are morally neutral tools that can and do help save lives. She's still not comfortable enough to shoot- but she's getting there and I think she'll do a 180- like so many others once they are exposed to the rest of the story :)

Anonymous said...

If there is one single group of people in the world who should be vehemently against restrictive gun control, it is women. My wife of 28 years has legally carried a handgun, whenever she leaves the house, for the last 25 of those years. I, also, routinely carry outside the home and firearms are readily available inside the home. If someone kicks in your front door, there is plenty of time to dial 911 after you have terminated their anti-social behavior.

Mike W. said...

I've slightly turned a few lady friends of mine, and have gotten my mother off of the "OMG Guns Are Bad" mindset you speak of. It's a slow process but a necessary one.

Anon- Agreed. I've had anti's take offense when I've stated that women are at a immediate physical disadvantage in any physical altercation with a man. As a result it's even more important that they be armed.

And blacks. There's another group who should oppose gun control yet don't. Gun control laws came about specifically to "keep them in their place" yet so many blacks are ignorant of that history and support gun control efforts.