Ancient wisdom tells us that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. What’s in your hand is yours to do with as you please, but in opening your hand to grasp the two in the bush, you may well lose all of them.
Many, if not most ordinary people accept the fact that actual violent crime is not common in most places, and may even be decreasing in frequency overall. The mainstream media works very hard sensationalizing every tidbit they can find, especially if a gun happens to be involved, or “children,” and people become fearful without actually understanding either the risk or the rational response to it.
I’ve been asked any number of times why I think I need to carry a gun. I live in a very small rural town almost untouched by any sort of violent crime. The sheriff is mostly concerned with cattle and hay thieves.
Nobody is more grateful for that than I am, of course. But very little of something isn’t none. There is no place on earth where the risk of attack, by man or animal, is zero. We live in dangerous world, and every breath we take comes with some shred of risk. We can prepare to meet risks, or we can deny them, but we can’t avoid all risk no matter what we do. Nation wide, the number of rapes, robberies, muggings and murders is still a serious problem, and can’t be ignored anywhere. For each victim, the risk is 100%.
One day I was talking with a friend about this and she mentioned that she keeps a gun at home. Fair enough. I asked her what she would do if someone came screaming toward us holding a knife right then. She looked thoughtful and then grinned slightly saying, “I’d get behind you.”
And then I asked what she’d do if I wasn’t there…
The bird in the hand is the rational, reasonable, and ongoing preparation to meet risks the best we can, with the best tools we can find. The birds in the bush are the irrational promises that a risk free world can be obtained by restricting or prohibiting us from having the most effective tools available… that we can be “free,” if we’ll just get rid of freedom.
Every rational consideration of history and human nature screams out that this is a lie. The victims who have believed it fill countless graves around the world.
I’ll keep the bird I have in my hand, and pray I never need to use it.
[Mama's Note: This article was originally published at Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).
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