Some of you might have heard about the gunman scare on Davis-Monthan AFB last Friday. We've also talked before about how military bases disarm their people. Through sheer coincidence, I left Friday to visit friends in Tucson who live on Davis-Monthan. My plane landed at 10am. We were allowed through the gate at 10:30, even though they'd locked the outgoing gates. Why they allowed us in if they suspected an active shooter is beyond me. At the time, we simply thought it was a random drill or something. We went to drop off my bags and were considering going out for lunch when my friend's husband called and told us about the active shooter situation. So here we are, stuck on base, with (as far as we knew at the time) some nutjob running around shooting people, and I had been disarmed by the government.
It was not a pleasant feeling.
We locked the doors, drew the curtains, and settled down with cheese and grapes to play several rounds of Dominion, all of which I lost horribly. After the first few hours, I started to get suspicious. I couldn't think of very many scenarios where an "active shooter" would last this long. I started postulating other scenarios, including the one that we were later told was correct - there was never a gunman. Someone saw someone carrying something and called it in.
Now of course I'm glad that there wasn't actually someone going nuts killing people. But the helplessness I felt when I thought there was someone, and I had no way to defend myself just highlighted for me the ridiculous of all of these gun-free disarmament zones. The only people disarmed are the law-abiding. What right does the government have to deny me the right to defend myself?
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