I finally figured out the Second Amendment when Hurricane Katrina struck. I mean, I’d always known before that the police can’t be everywhere and that they often show up to mop up after a crime, because the criminal and done and gone so quickly. The knowledge that they’re out there is certainly a deterrent to crime generally, but it cannot stop all crimes specifically. Knowing that intellectually was not the same as understanding that viscerally. Hurricane Katrina brought the whole thing home: with the best will in the world, it was impossible for New Orlean’s police to protect citizens literally left adrift by the Gulf’s raging waters. Those with guns protected themselves. Those without were vulnerable.
Mike McDaniel gets this. A former police officer and current Second Amendment stalwart, he understands the limits of what the police can do, and the point at which the citizenry is responsible for its own care. It’s a post that’s worth reading. I don’t have a gun in my house for various reasons, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t think you shouldn’t have one either.