On Saturday, a father and son entered a gun store in Mississippi to pick up a firearm they’d left for repair. When presented with a bill for $25, the two began arguing with the store owner and his son. No one is quite sure what happened next, but somehow the argument turned violent, and both sides shot at the other. The episode ended with the gun store owner and his son dead and the customer and his son in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
I’m sure you’re thinking what I’m thinking. This pretty much proves the argument that arming people reduces crime and people should be encouraged to carry guns like the students at Liberty, the world’s largest Christian university (and as of today, officially a supporter of the god-fearing evangelical Donald Trump). I mean, what if the customer and his son hadn’t been armed? Why, it’s certainly possible that they’d have been forced at gunpoint to pay the $25 bill and thrown out onto the street angry and embarrassed. Instead, because they were able to defend themselves, they are now able to hold their heads high, or would be were it not for all those tubes coming out of their bodies, and will have the respect of the whole yard while they spend the rest of their lives in prison for murder.
Sure, they got shot, too. But the truth is that gun ownership is risky business. According to Wikipedia, in 2013 there were about 33,000 deaths by guns in the U.S. Of those, 2/3 were either suicide or accident, e.g., like the incident in a Hayden, Idaho WalMart where a two year-old sovereign citizen shot his mom with the gun from her purse.
1/3 were the result of homicide. According to the Bureau of Justice, about 60% of violent crimes are committed by non-strangers and only 40% by strangers. So it’s a fairly safe conclusion that most homicides with guns are against people who live with people who have guns, not unarmed strangers. Although gun-hating liberals whine about guns a lot, the truth is they’re not the ones at risk. Fact is it’s dangerous to own a gun and it’s dangerous to live with someone who owns a gun (and for that matter, it appears it’s dangerous to hang out in gun shops, but I digress). Add it up—that implies a whopping 84% of gun deaths were of gun owners or their friends and family.
But there’s more to this story than just proving the value of owning and carrying guns. This is also a blow against libtards who lump racists and gun owners into one single, homogeneous group. True, what we see on the news are stories of old white men shooting unarmed young black men, but this proves that old white men are just as happy to shoot other old white men and armed young white men. These Mississippi men didn’t make judgments based on the color of each other’s skin. They knew that inside that center mass beat the same red heart as theirs, regardless of the color of the skin on the outside.
It’s this sort of story that reaffirms one’s faith in humanity.