In his latest commentary for NRA News, former Navy SEAL Dom Raso vehemently defends the right of all Americans to secure their homes and families with guns.
And along the way he dismantles the rhetoric of those who seek to deny their fellow citizens of that right:
If you think people who decide to protect themselves are crazy, you either have not been in any situation that’s caused you to feel that way, or you’re completely ignorant to your surroundings—because bad things happen all over the country and all over the world.
If you choose not to be prepared for those situations, no one is going to criticize you. But it’s unacceptable to deny or limit someone else’s home-defense preparedness.
Can you guarantee me and the American people zero crime? Absolutely not. So stop limiting their ability to survive.
Raso also invokes a comment President Obama recently made about his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, noting that she said if she was living in Iowa, she’d want a gun, too.
“Why do you need one in Iowa and not the city?” Raso replies. “A bad guy is a bad guy, and a threat is a threat no matter where you are.”
Raso encourages listeners to strongly consider arming themselves for such reasons—especially in light of the reality that if a situation occurs where lives are on the line, we naturally look to those who’re prepared anyway.
“I’m not asking you to walk around in fear every day, but you have to be aware of reality,” Raso says. “Think about the things you always hear victims say: ‘It was such a nice neighborhood’ or ‘He was such a nice kid; I never expected anything like that to happen.’ What that says to me is that they weren’t prepared.”
Raso concludes with this blistering critique of the anti-gun lobby:
When these life or death situations occur, what difference does it make to anyone whether that potential victim has 10 rounds or 100 rounds? Or a bolt action or a semi automatic? Absolutely none. And we as Americans should be doing everything we possibly can to let people in this country protect their families, their homes, and themselves the way they feel comfortable and not how a hustling politician, celebrity, or anyone else tells them to.
Check out Raso’s commentary below: