Getting pimp-slapped by reality

If I still used social media, I'd think strongly about making this my profile picture

You know the old saying, "a conservative is a liberal who got mugged by reality"? Well, an ex-CNN anchor discovered just how true that saying is, the hard way:
Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell has spoken out in support of the right to bear arms after her husband's gun saved her from an armed robber. 
Lynne Russell, 68, had stopped for the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday June 30 when she was reportedly grabbed by an unidentified robber who demanded valuables from her room. 
But she was saved from the attack after her husband former CNN anchor Chuck de Caro- who has served in the special forces - burst out of the shower and gunned the assailant Tomorio Walton down in the nude. 
Russell told FOX411 that having a gun 'absolutely' saved their lives.
De Caro was shot three times and is expected to survive and Russell was not injured. 
'The discussion over the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous. As Americans we have the right to bear arms and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit. Criminals will always have guns. The rest of us legally obtain our gun permits,' Russell said. 
Both Russell and de Caro are long time supporters of the Second Amendment which states that Americans have the right to bear arms. [Didact: While technically correct, this is an incomplete reading of the Second Amendment.]
'If you don’t want to carry please don’t. Then, shut the f--k up about it. Make your own decisions,' she said bluntly. 
Russell told Fox that the government should spend less time arguing about gun control and more time regulating those who can obtain guns.'If you committed a violent crime you can’t get a gun permit. Simple law,' she said.
Can I just say- Mr. de Caro is a badass. A 68-year-old dude jumps out of the shower, buck-ass-naked, guns down an intruder, takes three hits himself, and is still expected to make a full recovery?! That's one of the good Lord's own, right there. The man must have balls the size of church bells- which I'm sure the attacker who made the mistake of his life that day could probably tell us all about, if he weren't so busy being dead.

Mr. de Caro, sir, here's hoping for your speedy and safe recovery.
I'm guessing this is Mr. de Caro's Facebook profile picture
Having said that- Mrs. Russell's case demonstrates a very uncomfortable reality for gun control advocates, one which they literally cannot argue against.

Mr. de Caro did what he had to, because help was minutes away- but he and, more importantly, his wife, were seconds away from being seriously injured or even killed by an armed intruder.

This difference between the minutes that it will take for government officials to respond to calls for help- and that too only in relatively densely populated urban areas- and the seconds, or even fractions of a second, that you have to make a life-or-death decision- is one that liberals repeatedly refuse to face. It completely contradicts their basic argument that the only people who should have guns are law enforcement officers, because of course those enforcers are always around, and are always responsible with their firearms.

... Right?

The rest of us know better. We do not believe that gun control works, based on irrational fears of a well-armed and self-disciplined citizenry- we know that it does not, based on simple logic and decades of empirical evidence. And we know full well that the argument for gun control is not an argument against guns; it is in fact the argument for government control over our lives, and our safety:


There is no such thing as a dangerous weapon. There are only dangerous people. Having trained on defences against sticks, knives, and guns, I can tell you this firsthand: none of these weapons is inherently dangerous. They are made dangerous by the actions of people who pick them up and use them against others.

Even nuclear weapons, as terrifying as they are, are not inherently dangerous. Anyone who thinks that an atomic bomb can just go off by itself is clueless and dreaming. The reality of an atomic weapon is that it requires real action to begin the chain reaction that unleashes the awesome power of atomic fission.

It is the same with a stick, a knife, or a gun. These things, by themselves, are nice to look at and are useful tools. In the right hands, trained in their uses and limitations, they are perfectly safe. In the wrong hands, they are lethal.

And the only true defence against those who use these weapons for selfish and dangerous ends is to meet their threat head-on with more than just a threat. The only way to safely confront such people is with a weapon of your own, that you know how to use and handle safely.

Mrs. Russell rediscovered this timeless truth firsthand. She is one of the lucky ones- she and her husband both take the right, and the duty, of self-defence very seriously.

How many other Americans can say the same?

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