By Tim Schmidt
United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Founder
Image Credit: ITV News, London
May 24, 2013
Earlier this week, two islamic terrorists in London brutally attacked and murdered a serving British soldier with butcher knives and meat cleavers. This attack was a gruesome nightmare that no one thought would happen in broad daylight in downtown London.
Regardless of the fact that this happened in another nation, I'm horrified that someone would want to do this at all, let alone to a patriotic soldier. While I wish it hadn't happened at all, I also believe this can teach us a valuable lesson.
Murderous psychos are everywhere, and no kind of law will stop them.
There were dozens, if not hundreds of people nearby when the attack happened in broad daylight, yet no concealed carry permit holders in the area. Why? Because England forbids their law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves and others with a gun.
There is no way to say with certainty that this brutal murder wouldn't have happened if England allowed guns, but one thing is absolutely certain: No one there was able to defend themselves or others from these men.
After the murder, one of the blood-drenched men who committed the act came up to a camera with his knives in hand and spoke to the camera for a few minutes. All this time, the police had still not arrived. These psychos had many minutes to do whatever they wished, and all the people in the area were in danger while they waited for the police. Thankfully, no other bystanders were hurt, but the potential for further violence was extremely high.
It's events like this that remind me of how thankful I am that we are able to prepare and equip ourselves to protect our loved ones from harm. Taking our rights for granted will only lead to more potential danger for our communities, and I for one am not willing to give violent criminals any sort of advantage over innocent citizens.
When crimes like this occur, it underscores a black-and-white truth: The battle for our rights is not legal, political or even philosophical. It's personal.
Unless we take our natural born rights personally, we are just as likely to experience what the citizens of London have had to experience: Helplessness. And I refuse to be helpless.
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