Bringing A Knife To A Gunfight

We’ve all heard that joke about bringing a knife to a gunfight…a universal metaphor for making a really big mistake.  But the murderers of a British soldier earlier this week did not need to fear to make such a mistake.  Indeed, they seemed to fear nothing at all from the toothless citizens of London, who had little option but to watch helplessly as the wolf came to town and butchered one of their fellow sheep.

British woman simply walks past London murderer Photo by ITV News

Would a gun have saved that soldier?  Perhaps, though it is impossible to know with absolute certainty.  I will be the first to admit that carrying a gun, or any other defensive tool, will not guarantee your safety.  The world is a chaotic place, and outcomes in violent confrontations are never certain.  In fact, we cannot say with absolute certainty that

Would a gun have saved that soldier?  Perhaps, though it is impossible to know with absolute certainty.  I will be the first to admit that carrying a gun, or any other defensive tool, will not guarantee your safety.  The world is a chaotic place, and outcomes in violent confrontations are never certain.  In fact, we cannot say with absolute certainty that British soldier would have been saved if there had been a fully armed detachment of Navy SEALs standing there with him.

But effective personal defensive tools can at least give one a fighting chance.  It can tip the scales in our favor, and maybe help us get home at the end of the day.  What IS certain, however, is what happens when a law-abiding citizen is deprived of personal arms, and forced to face savagery empty-handed.  We witnessed it on a bloody London street.