Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I think we can all say that the whole pirate thing ended awesomely. Of course, it's not that I need to be reminded that we have the most badass military alive — it's that I like being reminded of it.
But last week, as I watched the situation unfold from a studio protected by armed security, I couldn't help but be reminded of one simple fact: The unarmed are always vulnerable to the armed.
And that made me realize that this ship is no different than a shopping mall or campus: It's a place where people congregate, all operating under the assumption that we live in a sane world where if you just live your life, people won't kill you.
In a free world, we forget how easy it is for thugs to take advantage of that freedom.
Which is why good people need guns.
I mean, how can a tanker the size of a small town be so vulnerable to a pack of underweight thugs?
The underweight thugs had guns.
Seriously, I don't get the argument against arming a few folks on planes, ships and campuses. If bozos like me in the media are protected by armed dudes, why can't we have the same for undergrads or seamen?
I also get the argument that no employee needs to risk his life to protect cargo that isn't his. But tell that to Brinks. They drive around with far less valuable stuff and they're armed to the hilt. And come on, if you had a relative on a ship — or working at a mall, for that matter — you'd want to know they're safe.
So Sunday was truly an amazing day for America and our military. But let's try to prevent this crap from happening again. A three inch .50 caliber gun might be a start. I hear it goes great with a cable-knit sweater and a pea coat.
And if you disagree with me, then you sir are worse than Hitler.
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