Quit Lying To Yourself About Being That “Good Guy With A Gun” by STEVE MARMEL
by Steve Marmel
“It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.”
Yeah, see that’s why my taxes pay for cops. Actual, ideally well-trained individuals that want to shut a bad guy down with as little collateral damage as possible. Or soldiers! Or the national guard.
I mean, there are tons of places you can be what society considers “A good guy with a gun.”
Let me share something that will make you sad if you believe that first sentence: With 99.9% certainty, I can say there is very little chance you will ever, ever save the day drawing your gun on a “bad guy.” (*caveats for the rare moments it happens.)
You will never be the hero in a story like that unless it’s just you day dreaming as you are shooting tin cans off a fence or targets at a range.
You’re never going to get a badge from the NRA that lauds your courage under pressure.
This is why there are so many more stories about mass-shootings and people accidentally getting shot than a person who happened to have a gun and happened to stop a crime. And you know that. So stop boring us with that justification.
You know in your heart you’ll never be that guy who pulls out a gun to save the day.You’re not the Lone Ranger. You’re not Dirty Harry. You’re not John McClane. You’re just a guy who likes guns and that’s more important to you than anything, including the possibility that mentally ill or dangerous people could kill a lot of people with the same gun you love to hold and look at dreamily.
So just own that. You might never be a hero, but at least you won’t be delusional and you won’t be lying to yourself anymore.
Steve Marmel | Staff Writer | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers
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