Trust us, they said. They shouted it from the podium and from the headlines.
New York politicians said they would take care of us. They said we don’t need to have a firearm and protect ourselves or the people we love. They said that if we voted for them then they keep us safe when we’re in pubic. All they needed was a little more gun-control and then we’ll finally be safe. This latest mass murder on the subway is different is scale, but similar in type to what we see every week. If we stop to look at it, the murders on the subway remind us that New York Democrats lied and we are not safe at all. The open question is if we’ll pay attention and really look at what is going on.
We have the right to defend ourselves. Like the rest of our rights, that doesn’t come with any provisions other than to use it responsibly. New Yorkers chose to give that right away to the government, and then the government, both state and city, failed to live up to their part of the bargain. They lied, and people died.. again.
We were told that bad guys would be disarmed by gun-laws, but clearly they weren’t. We were told that the police would be there to defend us but they were nowhere to be seen even in the middle of rush hour. We were told that disarming the law-abiding citizens of New York should make us safer, but it didn’t. In New York City, honest citizens can’t carry in public. That isn’t theory, but fact.
Despite what we were told, despite what we were promised, we saw that disarming honest citizens doesn’t disarm the criminals and the crazy people. We were told that disarming the good guys would make the bad guys harmless, but it didn’t. Gun control failed, so what are we going to do now?
What are you going to do? You can sit in your apartment with the three deadbolts and pretend there isn’t a problem. You can pretend it is someone else’s problem and vote the way you always voted. You have choices to make.
You can vote to put people in office who respect your right of self-defense, but any election is months away. You can move and live in a place where you can protect yourself and the people you love. You can do that in a few days.
The choice is up to you. Expecting things to somehow change by themselves in New York City means you are the crazy person since it is insane to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. You won’t be alone whatever choice you make. Lots of people choose to do nothing and pretend the next time will be different. That is a choice.
The same old politicians will keep doing what they have always done and blame someone else. We still have choices even if the politicians don’t change. I left California five years ago and moved to a free state. I don’t want my new home to become more like California or New York or New Jersey. I want it to remain different, to remain free.
You have choices too. I trust you to make the right ones. Now, what will you do?
I gave you the best 500 words I could find in my heart. Please share them if they touched yours. RM