*(H/T: Ammoland, Gunbloggers.com and The Gun Feed.com)
In A Perfect World --
Old people, women, even children would be protected from by vicious men who want to hurt us.
In A Perfect World, when we are assaulted by people who want to hurt us for the sheer joy of the pain, or for gain, or for fury unabated ... we would be able to summon help by pushing a button and rescuers would magically appear and save us from our tormentors.
This is not a perfect world, and the police ("To Protect And To Save") have no obligation to protect or to save us. Nor have they the resources to do so, however much they would like to.
So we carry guns, because "Sam Colt Made All Men Equal". And also mothers and fathers.
Here we are again. Less than a year ago, an editorial in the Journal by Kassirer reexamined the massive public health problem of gun violence in the United States, and a Perspective article by Sacks, born of a personal tragedy, lamented the defunding of research on firearm-injury prevention. Kassirer called for electing “lawmakers at all levels of government with the courage to defy gun lobbyists,” so that essential regulatory changes can finally be enacted — as physicians, public health experts, and others have been recommending for decades. But in early December, the day after a young couple turned up at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, with semiautomatic weapons and went on a shooting rampage, killing 14 people and injuring 21.