Once again, we wake up to see another violent incident where a maniacal subject kills numbers of civilians. The Orlando nightclub shooting should remind us that violence rarely comes when we are expecting it. This incident, like so many others was not a result of a robbery, or a personal, targeted attack from a scorned or revengeful acquaintance. This was an evil act, committed by someone with no value for human life, with the sole agenda of causing death and injury to as many people as possible, for a specific personal reason. These incidents are particularly appealing to evil people, because of their ability to gain notoriety or bring attention to their cause. Do these driving factors sound familiar? They should, because they closely mirror the actual definition of terrorism. Now, because this event in Orlando is less than 24 hours old, all the information surrounding the motive of the pile of garbage who committed the act is not entirely known. It may be revealed, and it is my initial, gut feeling that there is some connection to organized Islamic terrorism, but at this point we just don’t know exactly. However, I will clearly say this IS TERRORISM. Any time our way of life is attacked because of a different ideology, it is terrorism. People on both ends of the political spectrum should be equally disgusted by this act. BUT, it is how we respond to this act that is important.
Some will seize on this event (like other similar events) to drive home the fact that firearms are evil, and if it weren't for guns, this event would not have happened. I guess if guns had never been invented by the Chinese back in the 13th century this event may not have happened. However, given that the firearm was invented, and been used to secure freedom, we must live in the reality of today.
The reality that there are firearms available and easily manufacturers no matter what the law says about ownership or manufacturing. Some might say, “We need more gun laws to ensure these things never happen again!” In a free society, there is no law that can stop someone from doing wrong if he or she choses to do so.
We can't look at this event and say, “How do we stop this from happening,” because there will always be evil people doing evil things in the world. We have to say, “How can we be better prepared to limit the evil that people can impose on innocent civilians?”
This can only be done by better taking individual responsibility for our safety. As a former police officer, believe me, cops want to help. But, there are only so many resources available and limitations to what the police can actually do. In an event like this, time is critical. The longer this dirtbag is alive, the longer he will continue inflicting injury and death. Having one, two or more responsibly armed citizens likely would have at least limited the amount of death and injury this animal was able to inflict. It is for this reason that putting up a sign prohibiting possession of firearms by law abiding citizens is such a terrible and dangerous notion. We all know signs do not stop criminals from breaking the law. In fact, signs don't stop most people from breaking the law. Speed limit signs are more of a recommendation, right? How many people follow speed limit signs to the exact letter? This is just one example of why these things don't work. These mass casualty events almost exclusively happen in “gun free zones.“ I put the term “gun free” in quotation marks because they apparently are only gun free for people abiding by the law, and not truly “gun free.”
Let's focus on becoming our family's and our own first responders and protect each other. Keep training and stay proficient in self protection. Additionally, we have to remain engaged in the legal maneuvers affecting our 2nd amendment rights. Educate those around us with rational facts. Stay safe and remain vigilant.