Mr. Candler’s letter starts with the usual hoplophobic, pseudo-psychiatric claptrap assigning supposed motivations to those who bear arms in the public square. Seriously, when is the last time you read of a VCDL, NRA, or for that matter, Militia, member shooting anyone other than in legal self defense? There are millions of us, with tens of millions of AR and AK type arms, and trillions of rounds of ammunition. If we were a problem, you would know by now.
But what is really troubling is the last paragraph, in which he advises that “real men” cower in their homes and leave protecting their homes, businesses, and communities to the police.
First, in many, if not most, large cities, the police are going to stand aside and let the arson and looting take place rather than confront the mob.
Legitimate, if mistaken, protestors are used as cover for anarchists, revolutionaries, and thugs bent on destruction and looting. Sadly, many of the legitimate protestors seem perfectly willing to provide that cover and the police face political pressure to stand aside.
So, why is it that “real men” should cower in their homes while their neighbor’s homes, businesses and public infrastructure are destroyed?
Are the protestors allowing the violent radicals to act at their ‘shock troops’ to drive other opinion from the public square?
Why are the police creating the vacuum which armed citizens feel compelled to fill?
This is a very dangerous situation, that does not have to exist.
MLK’s march the Selma was a peaceful protest. ‘Mostly peaceful’ protests are riots. Protests are either peaceful or they aren’t. The VCDL Lobby Day in 2019, where thousands of armed men and women stated their case without a single incident of violence, vandalism or threat to anyone was a peaceful protest.
Going armed publicly is a deterrence to violence, not an incitement. Why is it the left needs to demonize the good guys and lionize the looters and thugs?