A lunatic, armed with two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle, shot three people in cold blood. His first victim, a bicyclist, was heard to plead for his life, by witnesses. This hits at the core of my frustration. That bicyclist, I have learned from another news source, was an army veteran, with two tours of duty in the Middle East to his credit. It is a sure bet that when he started out on his bike ride that he did not expect to encounter his murderer. We never expect to be murdered at any given moment; if we did, it would drive us crazy. However, we must always be cognizant of the possibility and make ourselves ready. To put that more directly, never, ever leave home without your handgun.
Even a combat zone veteran is reduced to begging and helplessness when confronted, empty handed, by an armed killer. Also remember, that the responsibility of arming yourself is for your neighbor's life as well as your own. After fruitlessly begging and dying, that poor veteran failed to prevent the murder of two women, who were the next victims in this rampage. Always expect the best from people and prepare for the worst.
There is no greater love than that of he who lays down his life for another. It is also an act of love to prepare yourself to defend the life of another.
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