While it is common to see many knee-jerk reactions following some type of tragedy, a recent shooting in New York produced a different type of response. That response also sends a message that is difficult to ignore.
It has been a common theme, in particular, with any tragedies that involve a firearm, for people to jump on the anti-gun bandwagon. That is certainly an instinctive reaction in some part but it is also a response that has been undoubtedly promoted by anti-gunners and their backers.
We have even seen the unfortunate use of tragedy as a rallying cry, at times without regard for the personal sanctity of victims. Yes, these are ardent and vocal supporters of gun bans, gun restrictions, and more gun laws. That makes a recent response by one community in New York rather unusual.
It is also the kind of story that we can’t ignore, although they would like us to. There was an unfortunate attack this past December, as one story reported, “in which a suspect armed with a machete wounded five Hasidic Jews in a rabbi’s home.” Then came the response from the community.
That response wasn’t made with words either, it was made with action. As the story went on to report, there was a “nearly 1,000 percent increase in gun permit applications in the week following the Dec. 28 attack.” Those reports came from Rockland County, the same county where the attack on the Rabbi took place.
This spike in gun applications as one local gun store owner said, is because “a lot of people are worried, especially the large Hasidic and Jewish community in Rockland County. I have had rabbis come in. Some of the rabbis already have concealed carry [permits].”
Doesn’t this beg the question, if that attacker had used a gun, what would the response have been? It is also rather revealing that this incredible spike in applications was for guns. Not alarm systems, more police patrols, or bigger knives for themselves, it was firearms they wanted.
Why? For protection, the kind of protection that perhaps people really want. Maybe this is the voice of the people before they become drown beneath the noise, power, and money backing those anti-gun groups. And this isn’t West Texas or a bunch of Oklahoma cowboys and cowgirls clamoring for guns, this is a quiet Jewish community.
What scene would the anti-gunners picture, what would that world look like if we are all defenseless against these types of attacks? What next, take the knives? The billy clubs and bats, and then…?
No, it doesn’t make sense, because it doesn’t make sense. These events and these stories threaten the very premise of their argument that claims firearms are dangerous, and that they hurt and kill people.
Sadly, in the case of this reported attack, a single firearm could have kept everyone from getting hurt. In fact, it may have prevented the attack altogether because nobody is going to bring a knife to a gunfight (no matter how big the knife).
So while guys named Beto want to come and take our guns, there is evidence in stories like this, that the people aren’t volunteering to give them up. Now, of course, those supporters will also tell us that they aren’t opposed to all guns, just the dangerous ones!
Now try to picture these Jewish leaders fending of that machete-wielding assailant with a pellet gun? Sure, that will get the job done. It is a safe bet that of all those recent gun applications in Rockland County, none of them are for Beebee guns.
Americans want guns, they want the right to own them and they deserve the right to have them for protection. It is more than the 2nd Amendment promise and the law, it is common sense and part of the fiber of the Nation. As one quiet and God-fearing community clearly expressed, they want guns and they want the right to defend themselves. And they didn’t have to say it, because actions often speak louder than words.