Gun control zealots are all about bemoaning the point that the chances of a person needing a gun are remote. It may suprise many of my readers but I agree with them. Fortunately the vast majority of gun owners will never have to use their firearm to protect themselves.
But so too will a vast majority of homeowners not have their house burn down yet no one is suggesting that fire insurance is somehow only purchased by pyromaniacs.
Do seat belts make people worse and more reckless of drivers?
I can go on and on with this track of logic, logic of course being the bane of gun control. And I could highlight gun owners who were raped or robbed or murdered because they were in a “gun free” zone (or non gun owners who never had a chance), then show comparative footage of gun owners who stopped such crimes when properly armed and therefore prepared to deal with the unexpected.
But sometimes belaboring the same point and same accounts numbs the mind, yet as luck would have it, while watching Sportscenter last night I found a perfect real world non-gun related example of the maxim “It is better to have and not need than to need and not have” and there is video to go with it.
The video that follows is from the aptly named “NOT Top Ten” as it shows what happens when you are woefully unprepared for something that you didn’t think was going to happen.
Freshman Sebastian Saiz was not expecting to play; in a slump averaging only 4 points a game Saiz was expecting to ride the pine. He thought he knew what was going to happen and put his mind on cruise control. A state many people find themselves when they just assume nothing out of the ordinary or different from their assumptions will happen.
Well, much like someone who believes the world is all candy and rainbows until they meet a mugger in the night, Saiz was caught unprepared as you can see in the video that follows:
What does Saiz get for his assumption? He gets to go and sit back down on the bench as his coach waves the game to continue. Assumptions are costly. That cost may be small as missing some minutes of play in a college basketball game or it can be great like losing your life to a murdering rapist.
If Mr. Saiz had his jersey on and his coach never called his name would it have been such crime for him to be PREPARED but not needed?
So too is it better to have a gun and never have need to use it, lest you be called upon to defend yourself and find that you have not the means to do so.
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