The Versatility of Firearms

Guns are very versatile tools. Not only can they be used to hunt and defend yourself against an aggressor but they can be used to politely inform an uninvited guest that were mistaken in believing they had been invited:

Police say about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a man walked into Modern Nails at 2645 E. Second St. and asked a female employee if she wanted to buy some diamonds. The man walked toward the front desk area and the woman replied that she had no money to buy diamonds.

A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol.

At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails done reached into her purse and got her own firearm. Police say the man never fully raised the gun and left the building after seeing the customer had her weapon out.

The mere presentation of a firearm can, and often does, end potentially violent situations before they manage to become violent. What would likely have been an armed robbery turned out to be nothing more than a foot note in a police report because the intended victims demonstrated an ability to greatly increase the cost of performing a violent crime. I do hope that the salon comped the woman’s nail job.

Firearms can also be used to save lives outside of defensive situations. Consider this story, which chronicles a creative man’s employment of a firearm to save a suffocating man’s life:

Jamaryon Middlebrooks was driving along North Emerson on a Sunday night when a frantic person waved him off the side of the road. Middlebrooks found a chaotic scene, as the tow truck driver went unconscious and witnesses described him turning blue.

“He wasn’t breathing. … They felt a pulse but that was about it,” Middlebrooks said.

Middlebrooks made a split-second decision, grabbing his handgun out of his truck and firing nine shots at the chain, eventually dislodging it. Bystanders rushed to help the driver.

Had Middlebrooks not been armed the tow truck driver would likely have suffocated. Fortunately Middlebrooks was armed and had enough gun to destroy the chain that was strangling the tow truck driver. Another life was saved because an armed individual had the means to properly intervene.

According to gun control advocates these stories could never happen. They claim that guns are only good for killing. Their belief is narrow minded because they fail to see that a gun is nothing more than a tool and, like any tool, it’s uses are limited only by the creativity of the individual using it.