Trouble can happen anywhere at any time. That’s why millions of Americans have carry licenses and tote a firearm every day. Ironically, non-permissive environments quite often serve as the locations in which people most need to carry.
Take, for instance, Disneyland in Anaheim, California. A recent incident at Mickey’s West Coast theme park shows that dangerous situations don’t have any regard for signs, prohibitions or laws.
Of course, gun possession at California’s Disneyland is strictly prohibited. What does this mean? It means there are no good guys with guns to stop bad people with evil in their hearts.
Not only that, but the state of California has some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws including gun bans, a ban on private gun sales, waiting periods for new purchases, licensing, magazine capacity limits, red flag laws, may issue carry…the list goes on and on.
All of that strict gun control serves as but a small price to pay for ensuring the crime-free utopia which Golden State lawmakers have created.
A crime-free utopia like this one at Disneyland.
At Disneyland, instead of everyday good guy Americans with guns who can put an end to violent chaos or employees equipped to issue more than a stern look, Disney hires retirees and others who are ill-suited to do much of anything other than providing directions to the nearest restroom.
Watch the “security” guard above employ the Scot Peterson response to a violent incident. He walks away from good Samaritans trying to stop an out of control, muscular bad actor from beating a much weaker woman into unconsciousness.
Because if your family finds itself in danger from bad, violent people, many of us want more than a couple of unarmed septuagenarians (below) to stand (or not) between our loved ones and violent criminals.
Let’s be clear, the video above shows a scene where deadly force was likely not justified. However, like many, I carry everywhere I possibly can, because if a big guy like the one in red starts pummeling my wife because he didn’t like the color of her shirt or that she accidentally ran over his big toe with a stroller, the situation might call for something more than a stern word to dissuade the bad guy’s violent behavior.
Like most of America’s sheepdogs, I would rather not rely on the cop who is five, ten or thirty minutes away or the poorly-paid, ill-trained, retiree security guard to come to my rescue. (No offense to the retired guys and gals working security across America every day.)
I also carry in case an unbalanced lunatic tries to snatch one of my infant sons and throw him to the ground…
Or take off with one of them.
Or snatching one at random and threatening them with a knife…
These are several reasons why I endeavor to maintain situational awareness. And why I carry a gun for those times when paying attention to my surroundings fails to identify and let me avoid a problem.
Imagine if that was your spouse or kid (or grandchild) in the videos above.
Violent crime rates are at historic lows in this country. But in a nation with over 330 million people, bad things can and do happen.
We don’t carry guns because we love guns and enjoy carrying a couple of extra pounds of stuff everyday. We carry guns because we love that which they defend.