Tuesday, September 18, 2007

An Irrational Fear of Guns

Nicole Brodeur | Lesson plan of last resort | Seattle Times The author of this opinion piece, Nicole Brodeur, admits to irrational fear.
As a mother, the idea of a gun being allowed on school premises — no matter the reason — terrifies me. But then I remember the women who followed the law to protect themselves, and were killed anyway.
She even goes on to cite some examples of women who were killed in gun free zones defenseless-victim zones. (It isn't a gun-free zone if you get shot.)

At one point she says parents should volunteer to "escort" the teacher in jeopardy. As if the presence of more unarmed victims will stop someone bent on homicide. All they would be doing is giving him more targets to shoot. But rationality, and rational arguments don't seem to be the style of this article.

Despite repeated examples of gun-free zones that became killing fields, and examples of armed resistance to school shooters limiting the deaths, she still believes in the farrago of gun-free zones, and gives in to her fear of guns.

As somebody in the blogoshere said, "That is like fearing the spare tire in your car." Being prepared for the event of a flat tire, does not cause accidents. It doesn't even cause flat tires. But I guess guns are icky and scary to the poor frightened women who work as newspaper columnists.

But I don't even really care if the author of this article has an irrational fear of guns. She has earned her phobias, and she is free to enjoy them. What I object to is the idea that her irrational fears should rule the day in terms of public policy. Her fears should not be used to put into place policies that put others in danger. Rational evaluation of the facts pertaining to defenseless-victim zones, the efficacy of restraining orders and legal decisions that state the police have no duty to protect the individual, namely Castle Rock v. Gonzales.

The Left is still (after Castle Rock) hoping that the police or the community will defend us. They abhor any notion that smells of individual action or individual responsibility. They want us only to think of the community. (Or the herd.) They are sheep unwilling to contemplate the existence of wolves, and trying desperately claim the sheepdogs are not needed (and that they would really be happier if they only lived as sheep). What they aren't is rational.

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