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Arsenals and heroes are neither


In the never-ending sackcloth-and-ashes wailing in the media about the Sandy Hook school massacre, I’ve heard two things which stuck out.

The first thing that stuck out is that Nancy Lanza, the mother of murderer Adam Lanza, has been described as owning an “arsenal” of firearms. In the media’s collective anti-gun mindset, an “arsenal” is more than two firearms. In Nancy’s case, it was two handguns and three rifles. In England, where guns are banned yet gun crime is rampant, and where the Daily Mail has taken the lead in the anti-gun shrieking, more than one gun is an “arsenal.” In a free country like the United States, I know people (both aliens and humans) who carry an “arsenal” like that on their persons every day. Oddly enough, none of them have ever killed or injured anyone, and none of them have been killed or injured. I’m sure that seems unbelievable to the poor British sheeple, especially those in the media. Yet it’s true.

The second thing which stuck out is that the staffers in the school did their best to stop an armed madman. Their “best” consisted of charging him in a suicidal rush, trying to protect the children with their own bodies, and (for the survivors) running away and trying to lead the children to safety. For this, they have been called “heroes.” I don’t agree – I think it’s just sad. Heroism usually involves survival against difficult odds. These people didn’t survive… they died pathetically. To call them “heroes” is a feeble attempt to ascribe meaning to their meaningless deaths.

True heroism would have involved an armed teacher shooting back and killing the attacker, even though the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 forbids it. The unionized teacher culture, which forbids teachers from using corporal punishment or for taking any responsibility for what goes on in a school, forbids it too.

Courage is doing what’s right (arming yourself in a “gun free zone”), even though the law forbids it. Heroism is surviving and saving other people’s lives. Otherwise being called a “hero” when you’re dead is poor consolation.

There’s no heroism in being a victim. And these people were victims in every sense. They were:

  • Victims of Adam Lanza, their murderer.
  • Victims of a sick education culture where it’s considered more honorable to die helplessly than it is to arm yourself, to fight and to survive.
  • Victims of an “entertainment” industry which churns out violent movies and video games marketed to children, yet insists that that same industry bears no responsibility for the copycat violence that their “products” incite.
  • Victims of a mass media which relentlessly uses the First Amendment right of free speech to attempt to overturn the Second Amendment right of keeping weapons for self-defense.
  • Victims of a government which prefers a dependent, helpless populace to an independent, armed one.

Victims are not “heroes,” no matter how many times they are eulogized as such.

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