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Sarah Brady would rather see you raped and murdered than for you to be able to defend yourself effectively with a gun.

So would the Million Moms, the National Organization for Women, the American Medical Association, and the YWCA.

All of these groups feel that ownership of handguns by citizens should be banned, and that women in particular are incapable of using handguns competently, safely, and effectively.  So-called "feminist" groups who claim women are equal to men in all other ways insist we are too stupid, hysterical, and weak to manipulate a simple machine with about four controls.  An automobile has over twenty controls.

They say we turn reluctantly to guns out of fear.  I don't have guns because I'm afraid.  I have guns because I know I have to be able to protect myself.  The last time I tried to get the police to listen to me because I was being threatened, they said I was imagining things and had nothing to worry about.  Turned out my concerns were legitimate.  I was raped.

And in cases like this, there is no recourse against the police for failing to protect you.  Cases up through and including the Supreme Court have found over and over again that the police have no obligation to protect individuals.  Their purpose is to enforce the law and maintain public order.

They tell us we should never resist violent criminals, that we should meekly give them anything they demand and trust that if we do so they will not hurt us.  That is no disincentive to commit crimes.  Perhaps criminals would think twice about their career choice if they could expect instead to meet up with what the late Col. Jeff Cooper, legendary guru of the combat 1911, considered the appropriate response:

"Still we hear, over and over again, that we should not be armed, that we should not resist, that we should rely on the police for our personal safety - that our best answer to violence is to give up. Such drivel demands a stronger stomach than mine.

"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure - and in some cases I have - that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy."

Some advocacy groups actually reinforce the status as helpless victims of those they claim to represent.  Without helpless victims, their "advocacy" would be unnecessary and they would cease to exist.

Think about it.