21st century America, we find ourselves blessed to be living in the most
prosperous and technologically advanced time in human history. This era of
physical abundance, however, is contrasted by an equally pronounced period of
Increasing numbers of our nation's inhabitants lack the ethical
framework necessary to effectively function in a civilized society. As a
result, these opportunistic individuals choose to operate without conscious or
pity on the primitive
level of "predator-prey". Unfortunately, their "prey"
often consists of the ignorant, the infirm, the elderly, the unwary, and those they
otherwise perceive to be vulnerable. Any of us can be the target of crime,
given the right set of circumstances. Victims, too often, are those among
us least able or willing to defend themselves.
gang problem in the United States continues to grow. The
FBI's national gang assessment report for 2011 estimates there
are now 1.4 million members in some 33,000 gangs. Ethnic
and racially based gangs are on the increase, including
African, Asian, Caribbean and Mexican. Drug cultivation,
manufacture and trafficking flourish, with cartels becoming
stronger and more violent. The "reconquista"
of the American southwest is well under way.
what about the prophetic revelations that predict cataclysm
and disaster from time to time?
of course, we all know that the zombie apocalypse is coming as
Dorothy exclaimed in the "Wizard of Oz": "Lions,
and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!"
this be a good time to cling to guns and religion as BO implied?
The cultural tragedy of America lies in the fact that we live in a society where
the normal tranquility of our lives can be quickly and violently shattered by
the senseless and remorseless aggression of others. It is difficult to contemplate
the possibility of having to defend ourselves and our loved ones against violent
attack. It is equally distressing to imagine the consequences of being
totally helpless and subject to the maniacal whims of a merciless attacker.
Many people feel that the possession of a firearm may offer the needed
insurance to guarantee a favorable outcome if they are ever faced with a criminal
encounter. This belief, supported by statistics, inspires one to resist
becoming the victim.
In any given year in America, the actual use or threatened use of a gun by the
intended victim stops approximately 2,500,000 violent crimes from occurring.
This equates to one deterred crime every thirteen seconds.
years after Sam Colt's death, his vision resulted in the
invention of the Single Action Army or Peacemaker revolver in
was universally regarded to be the "great equalizer".
changed in America from the perspective of personal protection since that time,
with the exception that honest citizens are subject to increasingly onerous laws
which have placed restrictions on their ability to exercise the
"choice" of self defense.
The presence of a firearm in the hands of the intended victim represents both a
physical and psychological force that can diffuse violence in a criminally
threatening situation. Most criminal confrontations can be thwarted by the
application of superior force by the perceived "prey".
cases, merely the threat of superior force is sufficient to dissipate an
otherwise dangerous situation. "Bark" without the will to
"bite" is a risky substitute for taking absolute control of a criminal
encounter, however, and a vigilant individual must be prepared to
follow through with the proper amount of force.
The thought of taking the life of another is repugnant to most people.
Against this abhorrence must be weighed the horror and anguish one would
experience should they be powerless to defend themselves and their family
against a criminal assault. Hence, it becomes a very introspective
decision whether or not to select a firearm for personal
In contrast to
conventional perception, the police have no responsibility or obligation to
provide security or protection to American citizens. Their function is to
investigate a crime and apprehend the perpetrator of the crime after it has been
The myth of "911" suggests that local law enforcement
can somehow miraculously materialize before the law has already been
broken. This, in fact, is impossible. At any given time in the
United States, only about 150,000 police officers are on duty. America is
a country with more than 300,000,000 inhabitants. Do the math.
do their best to respond to a crime
"in progress". It is up to the individual to decide how best to
protect themselves, their family, and perhaps other innocent lives during the
interim. Hopefully, the
choices made will either diffuse the threat, resolve the confrontation in their
favor, or " buy time" until law enforcement authorities can
arrive. Poor choice, or no choice, will unfortunately result in yet
another "victim of crime" statistic.
If you do decide to possess a firearm as a means of protecting
yourself or your loved ones, responsible gun ownership requires that you become
proficient in its use. Along with knowledge of your gun's safe operation
and handling, it is
important that you also learn how to maintain and store it properly.
resources are available which provide firearms related instructional
information. Among these are included www.nra.org,
www.gunowners.org, and www.2asisters.org.
General discussion of a wide variety of topics of potential
interest to the gun owner or prospective gun buyer are available within the
various "munitions rooms" here at the Armory. Enjoy your stay. Should you
decide to purchase a firearm for self defense, target shooting, hunting or
plinking, welcome to
the American gun community! You are in good company.