Via email from Brian Keith:
This is just my job. So said the guy gathering signatures at the grocery store.
One of the initiatives he was promoting was designed to get more guns out of the hands of law abiding people.
When I saw his booth and the anti-gun language, I resolved to talk to him on my way out of the store.
He partly completed his spiel when I stopped him, told him about the Pink Pistols, and invited him out to the range.
“I’ll pay for everything. I want you to have more personal experience with handguns.”
His reply: “This is just a job for me. I’m a gun owner.”
I don’t remember my reply, but it was not what I was thinking:
To make others defenseless because you are getting a paycheck.
I’ve worked hard jobs that involve doing things I’d rather not do; we all have.
But to promote the removal of the right to self defense as a way of paying the bills… it makes my blood boil.
I’m not even going to name the initiative. It doesn’t matter.
EVERY restriction on the right to keep and bear arms, regardless of who it is aimed at, enables more Orlandos.
The only reasonable response to evil is to #ShootBack. The 300 people in Orlando were prevented from doing so by people like that initiative-gatherer who don’t want people armed in bars.
But 4 states allow firearms in bars and none are the Wild West shootouts the anti-self defense people imagine.
We will be as safe as possible only when everyone, regardless of skin color, gender, sexuality, or income, feels comfortable defending themselves with the best tools around.
And when they feel comfortable doing so everywhere they normally go.
The grocery store. The bar. To pick up their kids from school. On a flight to Grandma’s.
Mr. “Just-My-Job” doesn’t believe that. That’s okay.
I’m going to keep inviting people out shooting, and eventually the concept that self-defense is immoral will belong squarely in the dustbin of history.