Thursday, January 17, 2013

Violence Vs. Force

I found it amusing - and sad - when reading that the new Miss America said as part of her final interview that we "should not fight violence with violence" (in reference to preventing situations such as Sandy Hook).  I take that to mean that she is an advocate for gun control.

How does she think that the shooter at Sandy Hook could have been stopped?

She is confused.  Violence is random attacks by people intent on causing mayhem or causing pain to innocent people.  Police or private citizens who use guns to bring down a vicious attacker are not using violence in return - they are using force.  Force is controlled use of a weapon - and it often stops the problem.

So, in a way, she is right.  We should not fight violence with violence.  We should fight violence with force.

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