Where Are Our Lives at Greatest Risk?
In whatever place you are prohibited from defending yourself, that is one of the most dangerous places in America.
A question arising out of the Aurora, Colorado massacre: “Why didn’t someone inside the theater return fire on the mass murderer?”
Cinemark 16 – Aurora, Colorado
One of the most dangerous places in America
Cinemark Theaters has its headquarters in Plano Texas. Yes, Texas, a concealed-carry state. Apparently, Cinemark follows the liberal idea that putting up a sign will keep customers and employees safe from assault by armed persons. How’s that working for them?
In the aftermath of James Holmes’ murderous rampage at Cinemark 16 in Aurora, Colorado, 12 innocent persons lie dead, 50 wounded.
Why Were There Not Policemen There to Protect Customers?
Good question, but impractical. The most effective means to protect yourself from the James Holmes-type of mass murderer is y-o-u.
Actually, increasing the number of policemen would increase the risk of harm, not reduce the risk of harm to citizens.
According to Texas State Senator Bob Deuell (SD-2), the incidence of
Senator Bob Deuell – SD2
crime among uniformed policemen is significantly higher than among Texas concealed-carry permit (CHL) holders.
BTW – Every person entering the Texas State Capitol undergoes “homeland security” scrutiny, but Texas CHL holders may freely enter, leave and wander the premises with their concealed handgun on their persons. Why? Because our governor knows the importance of a balance between self-defense and educated gun ownership.
Before Texas issues a Concealed Handgun License, there are education classes, criminal background checks with the State of Texas, county sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies to assure the quality of prospective licensees.
How Can I Protect Myself?
First and foremost: get a CHL and buy a good handgun, not some cheap $100 .380. I recommend quality brands like Beretta, Sig Sauer, Glock and Smith & Wesson. This is not an exhaustive list of quality weapons and you should discuss the merits of various weapons with experienced owners and retailers.
- Keep up to date on handgun laws in your state.
- Acquire and practice shooting skills – as often as possible.
- If you live in a “concealed carry” state like Texas, keep your mouth shut about your weapon. Don’t advertise it. Don’t boast about it. Just keep your mouth shut.
- NEVER place bumper stickers on your car that suggest you are armed. Why? Someone eager for revenge or easy insurance money can say you brandished your weapon, or you threatened them in some way. A policeman may view your bumper sticker as evidence of intent.
- Avoid entering places of business that don’t allow licensed concealed-carry or licensed open-carry of weapons.
Personal Responsibility: Key to Survival
The best your local police department can do is write a report, collect evidence from the scene of the crime and look for bad guys. They can’t actually protect you. Yes, they can be a deterrent, but a prepared YOU is your best self-defense.
A CHL holder can carry his/her weapon into the Great State Fair of Texas, but not into the Cotton Bowl arena. Why not also into the arena? Because it falls under a separate legal category of places that prohibit weapons. It makes no sense, but it’s the law. So, I NEVER enter the Cotton Bowl for any reason whatsoever.
Places of business may lawfully prohibit the possession of firearms on their premises.
In other words, here in Texas, you are at very high risk at Six Flags amusement parks, Rangers Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, churches, shopping centers like Grapevine Mills Mall – any and all public places that legally prohibit concealed-carry weapons.
Keep in mind this simple fact: someone with intent to do harm will simply find a way around the “homeland security” check point, just as James Holmes did in Aurora, CO.
Continue your education through organizations that uphold the Second Amendment.
Full Disclosure: I have possessed firearms since the age of 7 years when my mother purchased my first weapon for me. It was a J.C. Higgins bolt-action .22 rifle from the Victoria, Texas Sears-Roebuck store, 58 years ago. Over succeeding years, I purchased a number of other guns and not once have I endangered others or myself while hunting, target shooting or simply going about my business. Never have I pulled a gun on someone and I hope to go the rest of my life never having to do so, but I am educated, licensed and prepared to defend myself.
The Second Amendment wasn’t included in the Bill of Rights to facilitate hunting big game. It’s an acknowledgement of your natural Right to Life, the right to self-defense.
“As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks.” – Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew