Last Friday, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree in California that took the lives of six people. It’s another sad tragedy that happens far too often in this country and a reminder for us to always be vigilant and prepared for the unexpected.
The thing is, if you haven’t done much reading about this story you would assume that it’s another mentally ill kid with a gun that went on a shooting spree.
After all, here’s what CNN reported one of the victim’s father’s saying, “Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the (National Rifle Association). They talk about gun rights — what about Chris’ right to live?”
And the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence followed up on the father’s comments stating, “It is time for the American public to know the truth about why people are dying every day and, thanks to Americans like Mr. Martinez, that truth is starting to be heard.”
Well, here’s the real truth:
First, I certainly don’t blame the victim’s father for what he said. I can’t imagine anything worse in life than losing a child and you would obviously be angry and blame whatever and whomever you could for your loss.
But what very few media reports included is that the killer not only used a gun, but his shooting spree actually started out as a knife spree. The first three victims were stabbed to death in the killer’s apartment. From what I’ve seen, one news outlet that got it right is a newspaper out of Australia that reported the killings as a “violent knife and gun rampage.”
Now, it’s no real surprise that the liberal media in this country would only want to focus on the gun aspect and ignore the knife killings because those don’t push forward their agenda.
But you and I are smart enough to know that a gun or a knife is just a tool that can be used for good or evil. However, if someone is coming after you with a gun or a knife you want to be armed to stop the threat and use your gun for the lifesaving and defensive purposes for which it was created.
The last thing you want to be is an unprepared victim who thinks “it will never happen to me” and who didn’t have some type of weapon to defend themselves. So, while the media wants to use this as another excuse to ban guns, you and I should look at it as another reason to be armed because you’ll certainly want your Glock 19 (or whatever gun you prefer) with you when a madman is coming at you with a gun or a knife.