David Frum on how safe Americans really are, so they don’t need guns:
The police can protect you, and will, and do. And a gun in the house is not a guarantee of personal security — it is instead a standing invitation to family tragedy. The cold dead hands from which they pry the gun are very unlikely to be the hands of a heroic minuteman defending home and hearth against intruders. They are much more likely to be the hands of a troubled adolescent or a clumsy child.
Yes. Guns will kill you, and the police will protect you. Like they did with this rural teenaged mother.
McKinley said she asked the dispatcher, “I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door? I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”
“I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher said.
The 911 conversation lasted for 21 minutes. Then the door gave in.
“I waited till he got in the door. They said I couldn’t shoot him until he was inside the house. So I waited until he got in the door and then I shot him,” McKinley told KFOR.
You’re totally safe. Count on the police. They’ll protect you. Just like they did Sarah McKinley. But Frum thinks that taking away our guns will help protect our children.
In the land of the Second Amendment, nobody will take your guns away. But if you love your children, you should get rid of them voluntarily.
McKinley was facing two drug addicts who knew that her husband died of cancer and were invading her home to get his painkillers. She locked and barricaded her doors and waited for the police. The man who broke into her house was armed with a large hunting knife. She fired and killed him, and the other would-be thief ran away. Sarah McKinley loves her child. That’s why she kept the shotgun even though she sold some of her husband’s other guns after he died.
If she had followed Frum’s advice, she and the baby would likely have been killed.
Frum is an idiot. I’m keeping my guns, thank you, even though I live in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.