Francis Porretto has some sage advice.
With religion in decline – the aging of congregations everywhere would convince a man from Mars that it’s strictly for the nursing-home set – internal constraints are declining as well. The predominant ethical question is no longer “Is it wrong?” but “Can I get away with it?”
Atop that, the dearly departed and deeply missed Ol’ Remus has told us, more than once and in big letters, to stay away from cities and other sources of crowds. People’s inhibitions against violence and predation tend to weaken when immersed in a crowd. And these days, because of other social and economic trends that deserve an essay or two of their own, crowds are more difficult to avoid than ever before.
Last for today, we’ve permitted ingress to these shores by millions of savages. Yes, I mean that as it appears: hordes of persons with no conception of right and wrong. Many of them don’t even ask “Can I get away with it?” They see; they want; they take – and woe betide the decent citizen who uses force against them. The “authorities” are nearly always on the savages’ side.
Given all that, is it really surprising that America is awash in crime of every variety? Indeed, wouldn’t it be far more surprising if the nation were as peaceful and law-abiding today as it was in, say, 1950? You know, back when we had actual men.
I think the point has been established. There is no safety for person or property at this time. Current trends continuing, matters will get worse, not better. Therefore, whenever you leave your home for any reason, even for a quick trip to the corner store, go armed. Your personal weapon might be the only thing that saves a life – and not necessarily your own.
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I agree. I carry a gun whenever I leave the house: and even when I'm at home, I'm never far from a loaded gun that I can use to stop a home invasion style robbery. They're few and far between where I live, but that doesn't mean that a wandering criminal looking for a target of opportunity may not stop by my residence. If he does, I hope to make him regret his choice of victim.
If you live in a town, or a state, that restricts your right and/or ability to carry a weapon to defend yourself against criminals, it's high time you moved somewhere that does. Remember my frequent warnings to leave Big Blue cities and states? There's a reason for that warning. Such places will actively seek to retaliate against those who defend themselves against crime, because the powers that be in those places are on the side of the criminals. In extreme examples like Chicago, candidates for local political office even reach out to criminal gangs to seek their support! The quid pro quo that they offer is to make it easier for those gangs to operate, even at the expense of honest citizens. Why would anyone want to live in the midst of such insanity?
As for the police . . . even in common-sense communities, reaction times for police to respond to an emergency call range from several minutes to meaningful fractions of an hour. During that time, you're on your own - and a criminal who's bent on violent assault can do an awful lot of damage to you and yours while you're waiting. The cops might arrive only in time to take you and your family to the morgue.
Arm yourself, get sufficient training and practice to be proficient in defending yourself if necessary, and be prepared to do so. That's the world we live in, courtesy of our politicians. They won't do anything to solve it - so it's up to us.