Currently, there’s much gun-shaming on display as a popular form of virtue signaling. For those whose first impulse is to pass laws prohibiting the evil-du-jour, pointing fingers is a preferred method of self-protection.

These same folks forget: Murder has been outlawed since long before the Ten Commandments. They prefer hypotheticals, speculative arguments and false analogies, which entrap, rather than protect. Reality is what we must engage, not idealistic shadow shows.

In the 1970s, women were actually encouraged to use hairspray as a potential deterrent against assault. Later, chemical protection products, such as mace, witness chemical identifier, then pepper spray, were introduced into the market. Using these or harsh language and throwing rocks at bad guys? Not effective. As excellent as our police are, they require minutes to get to a 911 call; people need help immediately. That’s why last year alone the number of US concealed carry permit holders increased by 1.83 million and 14 states now have adopted constitutional carry in all of their state, meaning that a permit is not required.

Last year, women comprised 36 percent of permit holders. Anyone, no matter his or her age, gender or size, can use a firearm for protection. Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding.

Those who propose elimination of the Second Amendment may want to review one of the main reasons Japan did not press ahead from Pearl Harbor to attempt an immediate landing on America’s west coast: It was the same Second Amendment that gun-shamers distrust. Go figure.

Pete Ready 

Albany (Oct. 19)

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