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Armed and Safe is a gun rights advocacy blog, with the mission of debunking the "logic" of the enemies of the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

My thirteenth year as an '"assault weapons" violence survivor'

Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of my becoming an "'assault weapons' violence survivor." That's right--citizen disarmament advocates don't have a monopoly on people who were at the scene when some mentally unhinged loser decides to look for self-esteem in the act of mass murder.

It was thirteen years ago today that at Ft. Bragg, just such a loser opened fire on us early in the morning as we were beginning what was to be a four mile run. As mass shootings go, this one could have been a lot worse, with one man, Captain (posthumously promoted to Major) Stephen Mark Badger, killed. Another was paralyzed, while sixteen others sustained wounds of varying (but lesser, at least in the long term) severity. Armed with an AR-15 (and a couple other firearms), and with such a "target rich environment," our loser could potentially have done far more damage than he did.

Actually, I was pretty slow to figure out what was going on. That morning's event was our "Brigade Readiness Run"--a ritual of the 82nd Airborne Division in which the brigade taking over as the "alert" brigade (the one on the highest alert status) runs together as a unit, rather than the more usual practice of conducting the physical training (PT) on the company level. Such events are generally accompanied by lots of "Rah, rah" motivational silliness. At the time, things were tense in Bosnia, and at the back of everyone's minds was the possibility that we could be sent there. When the shooting started, just as we had begun running, I thought at first that it was some kind of mock "attack" (with blanks), to get us into a "tactical" frame of mind. That would have been rather stupid, but my experience with the Army wasn't such as to eliminate the possibility of stupid motivational stunts.

The sight of a guy on the ground, with a lot of blood on his PT uniform, is what convinced me that something quite different was going on. It was right around then that the general exodus up the hill and away from the area started, and we all did our best Brave Sir Robin impression.

In the final analysis, the physical risk to me, personally, was very slight. I was in more danger of falling and being trampled than of being shot--it was, after all, one guy shooting at around thirteen hundred, and we had plenty of room to run.

I bring this up to point out that being a "survivor of gun violence" does not grant any particular insight about liberty and gun laws. The Brady Campaign and other such organizations never fail to jump at the chance to parade survivors of mass shootings out in front of the cameras, to bolster their credibility in calling for yet more restrictive gun laws, but there's nothing about such an experience that gives someone any additional qualification to infringe on the liberties of others.

I like my chances of surviving large numbers of so-called "assault weapons" in private hands. It's the potential of the government trying to take them away that I fear.

9 comments:

straightarrow said...

Oh, I don't know, I have survived more than one gun violence event and more than one gunshot wound, I maintain that gives me greater wisdom than Sarah Brady. If she can use it, so can I. And I speak from first hand experience and have never danced in anybody else's blood.

45superman said...

At "more wisdom than Sarah Brady," you ain't setting the bar very high for yourself, SA ;-).

B Smith said...

An AR-15? On Fort F---ing Bragg? Geez, he WAS a loser, if he couldn't do any better than that.(But don't get me wrong, his extreme loser status was A Good Thing.)

mikeb302000 said...

I'm glad you survived that attack at Ft. Bragg. But, I don't really get your point. You survived a gun attack and you like guns. Others survive gun attacks and they don't. So?

I'd like to take issue with what you wrote in your header. I often write against guns on my blog, but I invite comments; I enjoy them. Actually I've learned a lot by debating with some of your fellow gun enthusiasts.

Come over sometime if you'd like, you'll see what I mean.

45superman said...

My point is that citizen disarmament advocates like the Brady Bunch love to drag "gun violence survivors" out in front of the cameras, in an attempt to lend more credibility to their agenda.

I wanted to show that not all who have been present at a mass shooting believe that the evil acts of some twisted loser justify trampling the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental, absolute human right of the individual to keep and bear arms.

"Take issue" with what I wrote if you wish--that is certainly your prerogative.

45superman said...

By the way, while we're "taking issue," I have to tell you that I really don't like being referred to as a "gun enthusiast," as if my intent to die before I surrender the Palladium of Liberty is no more than a hobby.

Anonymous said...

45superman said...
By the way, while we're "taking issue," I have to tell you that I really don't like being referred to as a "gun enthusiast," as if my intent to die before I surrender the Palladium of Liberty is no more than a hobby.

4:22 PM, October 28, 2008

The correct way to refer to you would be: An American citizen that happens to own a firearm.

As for SA, Sarah Bradys intelligence is about the same as a rock. No way would I compare myself to her. ha!

45superman said...

The correct way to refer to you would be: An American citizen that happens to own a firearm.

A firearm? I'm always getting underestimated ;-).

Anonymous said...

45superman said...
The correct way to refer to you would be: An American citizen that happens to own a firearm.

A firearm? I'm always getting underestimated ;

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I was being polite, didn't want to list alllll the firearms you "might" have. ha