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The Arizona Shooting and the Death of the Wild, Wild West

Posted on January 10 2011 9:00 am
I'm a recovering Leftist who's now a Goldwater conservative. A lifelong Arizona resident, I'm a freelance writer. I spend my free time reading, power-walking, shooting and antiquing.

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There was a time when shooting an unarmed woman or a child would have been the most despicable act anyone could have imagined.  But the creep who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several other people Saturday seems to believe he’s stricken a blow for Mein Kampf, or gold and silver coinage.  Or something.

We, as a society, have so totally descended into madness that we have lost our way.  We are talking – again – about disarming everybody because many of us cannot tell the difference between right and wrong.  Those who are most totally lost are telling us we mustn’t even try to discern the difference between a lunatic who plots the murder of as many innocent people as possible and the citizens who might have been capable – had they been armed – of dropping him before he could have gotten off a shot.

We’ll hear that this happened in the “Wild West,” as if Arizona itself is to blame. But the Wild West may very well be dead.  The old west is remembered, by those who never saw it anywhere except for movies and TV, as a violent and bloodthirsty place.  But in the old west, the violent didn’t tend to live long.  It was a place where law and order were a matter of necessity and mayhem was not tolerated, especially after the arrival of women and children.

The gunman in Tucson depended on passivity and defenselessness on the part of those assembled.  There’s a reason he didn’t attack Tea Partiers, and it wasn’t because (as some in the media would claim) he was one of them.  It was because he knew they might very well defend themselves.  To be opposed to the right of the innocent to defend themselves is not to be anti-violence.  It is to promote violence.

Leftists have long hated Arizona because it has long been a place where people had enough pride in their own lives, and in their homes, to believe them worth defending.  Since SB1070, my state’s attempt to bring sanity to the illegal immigration mess that besieges our border, the Left has really been gunning for us.  In the wake of Saturday’s tragedy, the moonbats will be coming for our guns with renewed vigor.  But we are not the aliens.  Those gathered Saturday in Tucson to discuss the issues of the day are America.

An editorial in Sunday’s New York Times clearly does not see everyone in this country as quite as American as everyone else.

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