When a Gun Gives You a Fighting Chance
From the Associated Press on the Lewiston, Maine shooting:
Bar manager Joe Walker picked up a butcher knife and tried to stop the gunman, Walker’s father told multiple media outlets.
“And that’s when he shot my son to death,” Leroy Walker told WGME-TV.
Walker said his son was shot twice in the stomach.
“He died as a hero,” he told NBC News.
Joe Walker had a knife; the murderer had a gun. It was not a “fair fight.” I hope it’s not unseemly to say that I wish there had been a gun behind the bar.
Jay Nordlinger perhaps is or is not echoing Barrack Obama, who on 14 July, 2008 told an audience at a Philadelphia fundraiser, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.
When Nothing but a Gun Will Do
“The gun issue is complicated, admits Jay Nordlinger in National Review – legally, morally, practically.
“I know that many deny it — people on either “side.” To them, it’s black and white. But some of us consider it complicated. I would like to point out something fundamental, however: In a society awash in guns, and a society that is violent, you sometimes need a gun to protect yourself. Nothing else will do.
David Mastio is a veteran journalist. He spent much of his career with USA Today. Jay Nodlinger wrote about him — and his battles with wokeness — here.
He is a very unusual guy: independent-minded, honest. He marches to the beat of his own drum. (His) column took real guts to write. I admire David Mastio, a great deal.
We have to take mental illness more seriously, warns Mr. Mastio.
States need stronger laws to mental illness more seriously to force people into treatment when their families or police see them going off the rails. California is considering such a move, intended to help with the much less deadly problem of homelessness.
The 2nd Amendment: a Bedrock Individual Right
The test is clear as is the Supreme Court’s Heller decision., Not likely, adds Nordlinger,, to change any time soon.
As Mastio notes, the biggest threat from dangerously mentally ill is not to the public. It is to themselves. “There are more suicides annually than murders.”
David Mastio is a veteran journalist and a former editor and columnist for USA TODAY,. He is also a regional editor for TheCenterSquare.com. Mr. Nordlinger wrote about
Mastio and his battles with wokenes— here. Nordlinger calls Mastio “a very unusual guy:”
… independent-minded, honest. He marches to the beat of his own drum. Dave has now written a column headed “I Am a Mentally Ill Gun Owner.”