I’ve touched on before how anti-gun folks ascribe magical powers to firearms. To them, firearms have the magical ability to turn you into a raging psycopath, shrink your penis, and turn otherwise reasonable people into frothing at the mouth lunatics. Or whatever. A flip side to that is touched on by Aunt B.:
I do want to say a little about guns, though. And that is this–guns are not magic. Even if you have a gun, it’s no guarantee that you’re more likely to survive the evil intentions of a mass murderer than anyone else.
I sort of agree and sort of don’t. I agree that guns are not magic. All too often, some people get a weapon thinking it does give them the magical power of invincibility. And they are wrong. And, of course, while there is no guarantee, armed citizens have a decent record against mass murderers. I like those odds better. And, if you’re in a situation where it takes the police two minutes to arrive and over an hour to secure the scene, a gun is probably quite a useful thing to have.
But Aunt B. is correct. Guns are not magical. They do not bestow you with invincibility nor infallibility nor super human strength nor wisdom. A weapon is a tool. A tool designed to do a job. Nothing more. Now, they are a tool that, with practice, you can get pretty good with. And, as Aunt B. says, if someone is intent on killing you and gets the drop on you, then you’re number is up in the life lottery. Not much you can do there. I can draw from a retention holster, take aim, and fire center mass in a bit less than one second. That’s at a range where I’m practicing. But when you factor in things that would happen in a real life situation such as taking the whole of what’s happening into consideration; the location of, say, your family members; the loss of fine motor skills; tunnel vision; etc. that happen in these situations; then I simply cannot assume that I will draw and fire as quickly or as accurately. I address that by going to the range and practicing more. But it’s no guarantee. And it ain’t magic.