After a nasty public shooting, the anti-gunners splash themselves in the blood of the victims and attempt to shut our side up. They pretend to be on the side of the victim and then claim that since we won’t immediately cave in to their unreasonable demands, we are no better than the murderer. Armed self defense is a complicated subject that isn’t easily reduced to sound bite warfare, and in the whirlwind post shooting, it makes a certain amount of sense to stay quiet.
What happens if someone won’t shut up? I posted the two local news videos about my Congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, and her public re-affirmation of her decision last year to obtain a North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permit. At a time like this, there are four possible positions a politician can take when asked about concealed carry
1. Repudiate past positions and pander to the anti-self defense crowd.
2. Issue a terse statement saying “The Congresswoman, as a matter of policy, does not comment on issues related to her personal security.”
3. Issue a statement saying “Yep, have a gun, a permit, and I carry sometimes.” And then ignore the issue until it goes away.
4. Issue a statement saying “Yep, have a gun, a permit, and I carry sometimes.” And then do you best to make sure everyone hears your statement.
I think that Renee Ellmers is taking option 4. According to the video, the question was asked about her Permit during a conference call. Anyone can get ambushed on a conference call and end up in a news story. She could have just left it at that, but in the meantime, she has sent out two tweets making sure that her supporters (and probably her political foes) know where she stands.
It takes a certain amount of courage to stand up to the loudmouths on the other side. She risks being smeared the same way they try to smear the rest of us. I’m happy that my Congresswoman has taken reasonable steps to protect herself. No one will ever value her life more than she will value it herself, so it makes sense that she takes the responsibility to protect it. I am even happier that she publicly proclaims it, making it easier for other women to look to her and say, “Well if she can do it, I can do it.” Now all she needs to do to go down in my personal Second Amendment Hall of Fame is to march across the US House to Carolyn McCarthy’s desk and say to her, “About that ‘high-capacity’ magazine ban you’re pushing. Not just No, but Hell No!”
Representative Ellmers, if you want to go to the range sometime, I’m always up for it. And if you want any suggestions on where to get some really good pistol shooting instruction really near your home, I’ll be happy to put you in touch with the guys who taught me.