terrorists who have experienced a measured degree of success in
Spain, Germany, and France, are in for a rude awakening when it
comes to the United States.
European countries, whose culture and people are on the brink
of extinction as a result of passive intellectualism, Americans
are more than willing to stand up to terrorists in order to preserve
our individualism and our liberties. We are a nation born of rebels
who have fought and won wars not only to preserve our own liberties,
but to preserve the liberties of other nations as well. One might
even argue that, for some Americans, such a battle invigorates
terrorists continue to attack private, non-military citizens around
the globe, the United States is made up of private, non-military
citizens who are legally armed and able to defend themselves and
others in the immediate area. And while terrorists may be made
up of students, businessmen, and women, armed Americans come from
every walk of life. You never know who, in our society, is alert
and able to take action at a moment's notice. It could be a banker,
a florist, a ballerina, a football player, a soccer mom, drama
coach, businessperson, gas station attendant, bus driver, airline
pilot, hairstylist, or radio talk show host. Americans, armed
or unarmed, will not stand down in the face of terrorism. And
we will not instruct our military to stand down, either.
Europeans may turn up their collective noses in disgust at the
barbaric Americans. But it is the Americans who will lead the
charge that will likely save the day for Europe. Again.
some who do not fully understand how firearm ownership could possibly
protect us against mustard gas, bombs, or suitcase nukes. After
all, it's not like anyone is going to shoot a bomb or a virus.
An alert citizen, on the other hand, could neutralize a terrorist
prior to his committing the act.
We know that
homicide bombers strap bombs to their bodies prior to setting
them off. If an armed citizen were to neutralize a homicide bomber
prior to an attack, many lives could be saved. Potential homicide
bombers may reconsider such an action if the only death involved
in the attack would be their own. Certainly, if anyone on the
airplanes of September 11th had been armed, thousands of lives
could have been saved.
another, indirect, benefit to firearm ownership, however. That
benefit is the self-defense mindset. Armed or unarmed, Americans
have a culture of intolerance when it comes to anyone who would
try to infringe upon our liberties. Even the pacifists, who choose
not to fight back with weapons, will use their voice to decry
any injustice upon our people. Of course, the pacifists reap the
benefits of an armed citizenry as well.
So, to the
terrorists who think they can impose their way of life on Americans
through violence and fear - Let's Roll.
Freeman is Executive Director and co-founder of Liberty Belles,
a grass-roots organization dedicated to restoring and preserving
the Second Amendment.