There are moments of great frustration for me as someone who covers, reports on, and gives opinion about the news. Sure, bad stuff happens every day and there are a million reasons to feel despondent about the current state of our culture, nation, and world… but some things are far more frustrating than others.
For example, I get downright indignant when the family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones of a criminal get upset at their loved one’s victims, when those victims defend themselves from the criminal. You might be thinking, “that doesn’t actually happen.” It sure does.
Here are just three cases I’ve written about in my time at Eagle Rising:
- Car thief shoots at police, family gets angry when police shoot back.
- Burglars killed by frightened homeowners, family angry that homeowner defended herself.
- Hero Stops violent robbery, family of dead criminals try to sue the man for stopping a crime.
Another such case has just made the news from down in South Florida, where 17-year old Trevon Johnson was shot and killed by a frightened homeowner who caught the teen in her home. (Notice that the homeowner is a woman, this is common in these cases.) Now the family of the criminal is angry because they just cannot understand why this woman would use such force to defend herself and her home. The criminal’s sister said, “What’s wrong with her? She did not have to shoot him.” His cousin, Nautika Harris, was even more dismayed that this woman would protect her property saying, “I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law… way beyond. He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals… he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning.”
Every needless death is sad, but the simple fact is that the young man (and his family) brought this moment on themselves. He chose to be an immoral criminal and his family chose to encourage his lawless behavior. How do I know? Listen to what else his cousin had to say about her criminal cousin, “You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” Harris said. “You have to understand… how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.”
God forbid, that the young man try to find a job. We should dismiss his evil lawlessness because he needed money for clothes to go to school? Ridiculous. This is exactly the kind of mentality that infuriates and frustrates so many of us, law-abiding gun owners. We have the God-given, inalienable right to protect our lives and our property and we will not abdicate that right just because society around us has devolved and now accepts immoral lawlessness as normal behavior.
Every time a criminal breaks the law, they must be prepared to face the consequences. And we, America’s gun owners, just may be the consequence.
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