I can’t think of anything more natural and basic than the right to defend yourself and protect others.
This is the part of the foundation of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and protecting yourself directly effects your unalienable rights of LIFE , LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS.
Yet every year we pass laws that restrict citizens to exercise their right and their instinct, to protect and survive.
Beyond the obvious target of firearms, laws are passed GENERALLY UNOPPOSED that ban the use of everything from pepper spray to pocket knives. These decisions go under the radar because they’re not a “hot topic” like gun control.
As a result, your ability to protect yourself and your loved ones is being eroded away EVERY DAY.
But that’s not all…
The laws regarding self defense and weapons are so vague that there’s room for wide interpretation. Plus the miscommunication by law enforcement and the media as to what or when and how you can defend yourself further clouds the issue. This misconception is widely accepted as fact by people who just don’t know any better.
And if you think gun laws are crazy, the law regarding knives is FLAT OUT INSANE. When you have a couple of hours…take a look at this matrix regarding knife laws in every state in the U.S. HERE courtesy of thefiringline.com.
In general the law in defending yourself [and I’m paraphrasing] is if you think you, your property or others are in danger of being injured or worse, you may use reasonable force to protect yourself provided the threat is credible, capable and has demonstrated intent.
There is nothing about “the first punch” or if he “shoots first” but we the people have been fed an interpretation of when it’s OK to fight back from what we see in movies, TV and the news. We think we need to be physically attacked before we can defend ourselves and in reality ALL YOU NEED IS INTENT and CAPABILITY.
Furthermore, when you’re actually attacked, some people will still have you call the authorities and “WAIT FOR THEM TO ARRIVE”.
We all know that when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones, you’re at GROUND ZERO my friend and the cavalry will NEVER get there in time.
Yet why is there this trend to take the power to defend yourself out of your hands?
Between what you hear in major media and the systematic outlawing of self defense devices, you are being castrated.
Let me ask you, why are brass knuckles and black jacks illegal in most states? Heck, you can still carry a rock in your pocket and use it to defend yourself…does that make a rock illegal to carry?
Why shouldn’t law abiding citizens who have no criminal record be allowed to arm themselves with a plethora of impact and edged weapons?
Why shouldn’t a teenage girl be allowed to carry pepper spray or a taser?
Look, if these weapons are used in a manner that’s irresponsible and reckless, the teenage girl should be held accountable (I know, too much common sense).
Furthermore, if my wife or daughter uses an “illegal weapon” to stop a rape, she could be brought up on charges!
This is nuts.
I believe there’s a reason why that law makers continue to pass laws that restrict your ability to defend and protect. While an argument can be made about big government control by keeping it’s citizens compliant and dependent, I believe the reason is much more basic and has everything to do with human nature and denial.
There are three types of people – Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs.
The sheep are everyday people. All they want to do is graze, play and make baby sheep.
The wolves are evil. They were put on this earth to kill and eat sheep….violently.
The sheepdogs protect the sheep from the wolves.
The sheep don’t like to think about the wolves. They want the sheepdogs to take care of it, but they don’t want to think of the dirty work that needs to be done. They don’t want to think about what the sheepdogs need to do in order to keep them safe. In fact, the mere sight of the sheepdog is unnerving because the sheepdog reminds them of the wolves.
The sheep can’t imagine having the balls to fight the wolves. When they hear or see the sheepdogs do it, it reminds them of how weak and vulnerable they really are. This distracts them from grazing, playing and causes erectile dysfunction that doesn’t allow them to make baby sheep, which makes the sheep VERY unhappy.
The sheep greatly outnumber both of the wolves and sheepdogs.
Because of this, the sheep get to make the rules that govern the sheepdogs.
Since the sheep can’t imagine what the sheepdogs are up against, they project their sheepish beliefs on the wolves and sheepdogs.
The sheep BELIEVE that if they make something illegal, the wolves will respect that law.
But we all know wolves are evil and don’t give a shit about rules, laws or civilization in general. The wolves see something they want, they take it provided they don’t get caught, identified, injured or killed.
The sheep can try to govern human nature and control it based on their values. They think they can control violence through making things illegal. They can’t imagine why a wolf would not respect the law.
The sheepdog understands the reality of the wolf and that the wolf only respects power and violence.
This puts the sheepdog in a tough spot because it’s good and wants to please the sheep, but it can’t fight a wolf wearing a muzzle. Since the wolf is willing to do things the sheep can’t even imagine, the sheepdogs must be allowed to do the same (or worse) if they’re going to prevail.
As citizens we must understand this and let it reflect in our laws.
We need to react when legislation is passed regarding ANY self defense, not just guns.
Because while we’re focusing on the “great gun debate” everything else is being taken away.
We need to let good, law abiding people protect their right to LIFE, LIBERY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS on a personal level to the BEST of their ability with all of the tools at their disposal.
The rest will start to take care of itself.