We say “an armed society is a polite society.”
Yes, and no.
An armed society is a polite society when it is understood that the people with arms are willing and able to use them.
I gun in the hand of someone everyone knows is unwilling to pull the trigger is useless. It is an idle threat that can be ignored.
The mob knows this.
Watch what happened in Seattle when the mob came across the armed security guarding a pot shop.
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) September 25, 2020
They challenged him and harassed him.
Because the mob knows four things:
- The armed guard knows that if he shoots a rioter, no matter how bad the rioter is acting, he (the guard) will face the full force of a weaponized, partisan DA’s office that sides with Antifa.
- The armed guard knows that if he shoots someone in Antifa, they have him on video, they will doxx him, and they will probably burn down his house and try to murder him later.
- The guard is more afraid of what happens if he pulls the trigger than what happens if he doesn’t.
- Because of the above three things, the guard will not shoot.
So the guard drawing his gun us is an idle threat, which is why they have no fear harassing an armed man. Because he might as well not be armed.
We never expected the justice system to be so stacked against us and the mob be to so organized against us that we couldn’t defend ourselves in the face of a violent threat because the outcome of winning a violent encounter is worse than losing it.
The mob may beat you nearly to death, but if you survive, they are done with you and you probably won’t go to jail.
If you shoot the members of the mob who are trying to split your skull with a skateboard, you will go to jail and/or the mob will come after you later for revenge.