Unfortunately, as we all should know by now, there are very few choices open to us. We can run away, surrender, or buy a concealable, practice with it, carry it, and be prepared to say “No!” and make it stick.
I haven’t seen anything about what happened after the Capitol cop shot that woman. Did her fellow “Sturmers” have second thoughts and run away? They should have, but perhaps they were so adrenalized that they didn’t even notice her being shot. Perhaps it would have taken another 5 or 10 being shot to get their attention.
But the only real reason they started up in the first place, I’m convinced, was that they had always been unopposed, placated, appeased. Nobody had ever said “No!” to them before, or made clear that the alternative to peaceful conversation would be injury or death.
So they could barge in as though their silly-ass costumes conveyed power and immunity from harm.
Were they deluded enough that even if a SWATtie had come around a corner and loudly racked the slide on his M4, they still wouldn’t have believed that they were in mortal danger? Maybe the stupider ones. But the opportunists would have suddenly had a warm, wet epiphany and a puddle around their feet.
We hear a lot of lies about their numbers. But when interrogated, they do turn out to be lies. They are few, many many fewer than us. They just make more noise.
So if we, the majority, arm ourselves, and are known to be armed, they will probably decide that they really don’t after all want to go up against 10:1 or 100:1 odds and end up in a box. There’s nothing in it for them.
As Smedley told us, conscript the warmongers, assign them to dangerous positions like re-supply truck drivers, let them think about it, and after a few weeks we’d find that there won’t be a war after all.