A few days ago the movie “Enough” starring Jennifer Lopez was on TV. The wife and I watched it because we remembered it being a good movie. The movie came out the year before she and I met, and before either one of us had any type of handgun. We now are both more well armed, and more informed. Of course, being Hollywood, they got quite a few things wrong in the movie. Many actions were ill advised, and some were down right illegal. The husband firing a warning shot, when the wife’s friends had broken into his house? Not legal. Jennifer Lopez putting the rings on her fingers when she is at her husbands place to beat the crap out of him? Premeditated, and therefore illegal. Whatever you do, don’t get your legal advice from the movies, or politicians. There was one thing that stuck with me though. A line in the movie, that really speaks to the idea of defending yourself, with whatever means is available to you. And this line was absolutely true.
“You have a divine animal right to protect your own life and the life of your offspring.”
I’m going to tweak that a little bit, to make it more accurate.
“You have a divine animal right to protect your own life and the lives of your loved ones.” Your entire family is worthy of your protection, not just your children. Your parents, siblings, and so on. Even friends and neighbors. After all, if they aren’t safe, how safe are you? But lets keep it close to home. If a dog is attacking your child, you will suddenly find within yourself the strength and capacity to inflict potentially lethal injuries to that animal to protect your child. Even if you are terrified of dogs. If you defended your child in that situation, congratulations. You have just displayed a capability and a propensity towards violence. No one will blame you for hurting the dog that was mauling your child. You intended to cause the dog great bodily harm. If you did not act, your child would likely be dead. That’s okay. It is a divine animal right. You did not think, you acted. You might have broken the dogs neck, you might have gouged its eyes, but you did something. You did something violent. It was all instinctual. A while back, here in the state of Texas, a father happened upon a man who was in the process of raping his daughter who was under ten years old. The father, out of instinct for protecting his child, unleashed such a level of fury against the attacker that he literally beat him to death, and then some. The child will be forever scarred by the encounter. The father did what any self respecting father who loved his children would do. He displayed a capability and a propensity towards violence. No one blamed him for hurting the attacker that was raping his child. He intended to cause the attacker great bodily harm. If he did not act, his child would likely be permanently disabled, or dead. That’s okay. It is a divine animal right. He did not think, he acted. He might have broken the mans neck, he might have gouged the man’s eyes, but he did something. He did something violent. It was all instinctual.
Now let’s change up that equation a little bit. There is a man who has just broken into your home, while you are there. What are you going to do? Are you going to protect yourself and your family? Good. How? Oh you called the police. They will arrive at your house, anywhere between 3 and 20 minutes later. They will find your body, and the bodies of your family. You see, that man that broke into your house was armed. He doesn’t want to go to jail, so he doesn’t want witnesses who will testify against him. But “Gun Control! It should be illegal to have a gun!” And because of that, you don’t have one. You are a law abiding citizen. The intruder in your house doesn’t care. He broke the law by breaking into your house. Do you really think he really cares that he is breaking the law by having an illegal gun? Not likely. To him the outcome is the same. He either gets away with it, or he doesn’t. He wants to ensure that he does. He doesn’t care about you. He doesn’t care about your children. You aren’t going to convince him that he should care. He has a gun, why don’t you? After all, “you have a divine animal right to protect your own life and the lives of your loved ones.” That right extends to the ownership of firearms. If someone is willing to visit violence upon you and they might have a firearm, you have a right to use a firearm to defend yourself and your family. It is an effective and efficient tool for the purpose. It will be immediately available, unlike the police. The most well suited firearm for this is the much maligned Modern Sporting Rifle. Some idiots call this an “Assault Weapon.” Why is it the best? How many attackers are there? Just one? Five? What are they armed with? Knives? Handguns? Rifles? You have an advantage because you know the layout, and what is where, at least in your own home. They have an advantage because you don’t know any of the other variables. How many rounds do you need? How many do you need before you should need to reload? 7? 15? 30? How many rounds will it take to disable each of the attackers? Are they there to rob you? Kidnap you or your family? Kill you or your family? Rape you or your family?
The best way to deal with all of those unknowns, is to have a tool at your disposal that is pinpoint accurate, that holds a large quantity of ammunition, is easy to use effectively, and easy to maintain. That weapon, to me, is the AR-15. I will defend my life, and the lives of my loved ones, and I will use that weapon to do it.
I have a divine animal right to be able to use the best tools at my disposal to protect myself and my loved ones. I have a divine animal right to own a Modern Sporting Rifle, with standard capacity (30 round) magazines, to protect myself and my loved ones. If you want to take away my AR-15, you think that my right to defend myself with the best tool available to me should not exist. If you think that my right to defend myself with the best tool available should not exist, you do not want me to defend myself. If you do not want me to defend myself, you don’t care about my life. If you don’t care about my life, you would not care if I were dead. Good for you, you heartless moron. Before you go calling for a ban on Modern Sporting Rifles, why don’t you take some time to actually learn about them first.
I have a divine animal right to protect my own life and the lives of my loved ones using the best tools available to me for that purpose! I have a divine animal right to own an AR-15!