To disarm the people…is the most effectual way to enslave them. – George Mason

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. – Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1

     A month ago, a Muslim terrorist armed with a rifle and pistol walked into a nightclub in Orlando, Florida and murdered 49 and wounded 53 people. The shooter, Omar Mateen, was, unfortunately, the only person inside the nightclub who was armed, so the patrons were nothing more than defenseless targets who could do nothing but wait for help. It is sad when you think about how helpless and scared the people inside the nightclub must have felt while Mateen unloaded his clips. The incident is a sad reminder that the police cannot protect and serve everyone all the time, and when you need the police in seconds, they are minutes away. How do Americans protect themselves from people who want to harm them?

     Democrats think gun control, which is a euphemism for banning guns, is a foolproof solution for eradicating gun violence. Before law enforcement finished processing the crime scene and the bodies were removed from the club, Barack Obama, never one to let a tragedy go to waste, called for stricter gun control laws as the solution to preventing violent acts in the United States. He didn’t explain how gun control laws would have prevented Mateen from obtaining firearms, nor did he mention that his Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) placed Mateen on a federal watch list for approximately 10 months in 2013 and 2014 during an FBI probe into his possible ties to Muslim, terrorist groups, but was cleared by federal authorities.

     What is one to do when local and federal law enforcement cannot prevent murderous rampages? Maybe people should exercise their Second Amendment right and arm themselves?

     A few days ago, another nightclub shooting took place in Lyman, South Carolina, but the mainstream media and Democrats are not going to mention the incident because pushing gun control in the wake of this shooting is not an option. What happened at the Playoffz nightclub in South Carolina is not newsworthy because a private citizen with a gun neutralized the shooter. Those damn guns and concealed carry permits robbed the Democrats of another opportunity to babble on about the “inherent dangers” of the Second Amendment and the “extremists” who exercise their Second Amendment right.

     Jody Ray Thompson got into an altercation with another man inside Playoffz before brandishing a firearm and discharging the firearm numerous times into the crowd in the general vicinity. Thompson wounded three people, but before he was able to murder or wound anyone else, a good guy with a gun shot him. Thompson’s rage got him a bullet in the leg, and four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. The local police determined that the person who shot Thompson has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, so the only thing he should get is free entry to Playoffz for life, free drinks for life, and a huge thank you from every person who survived thanks to him.

     Mark Allen Bando, the father of one of the people murdered in Orlando, thinks “if one person inside the club had a gun, it could have been a better outcome”(see video below). Bando also stated, “When the shooting started there wasn’t one person in there that wouldn’t have traded everything he owned in the world to have a loaded gun. But these people don’t realize it until they’re in a situation that’s far too late.” Bando is correct.

     It is imperative that the American people maintain the right to arm themselves as a means to protecting their life, liberty, and property. Federal, state and local governments do not have the authority to disarm the citizenry. The right of the American people to bear arms is inviolable.

     It is unfortunate that no one inside the club in Orlando could exercise his Second Amendment right and open fire on Mateen. If a good guy had a gun, the outcome might have resembled the outcome at the nightclub in South Carolina.

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