That NRA endorsement Donald Trump picked up in Louisville may have been presented by officials of the easily vilified organization, but, make no mistake, they were presenting it on behalf of millions of Americans who’ve had their fill of being lectured and maligned by self-appointed guardians of our culture.

These airheads know better than the rest of us, don’t you understand? They’re more sensitive, more insightful, more perceptive. They’re also full of hot air, focusing only on weapons, never on the savages who wield them with malice toward others.

But we don’t talk much about character anymore, do we? Haven’t we learned that it’s not what’s in a madman’s hand that matters? It’s what’s in his heart.

Charlie Manson’s “family” didn’t use guns; they used knives. Richard Speck and Ted Bundy didn’t use guns; they used their hands. Ted Kaczynski and Tim McVeigh didn’t use guns; they used bombs. Muslim jihadists didn’t use guns on 9/11; they used airplanes. Here at home, marathon terrorists didn’t use guns; they used pressure cookers.

These monsters among us will not be deterred if firearms are confiscated because evil is very inventive. Yet anti-gun demagogues, now being shamelessly wooed by Hillary Clinton, insist they can rein in human behavior with more legislation.

What arrogance. What ignorance.

George Heath, a teacher, recently lost his life trying to subdue a knife-wielding assailant at a Taunton mall, remember? The attacker had already killed an 80-year-old woman and slashed a waitress before Heath heroically confronted him. Scripture has much to say about a man who would lay down his life for a friend, much less for a stranger. Thank God there are still George Heaths among us.

If an off-duty Plymouth County deputy sheriff had not then jumped in and discharged his weapon, one can only imagine how much worse the carnage might have been. Do you think those horrified diners were grateful the deputy was there? Would you have been grateful if your family had been there?

But instead of being a lawman, suppose he had been a private citizen, licensed to carry?

Would it have made a difference?

It’s simple. In responsible hands a gun is no more intrinsically evil than a ballpoint pen, which, by the way, could also be used as a weapon in the wrong hands. It’s common sense, that’s all. And no, this is not written by a gun owner or a member of the NRA.

It’s written by someone who, like many of you, is sick and tired of being sick and tired of what’s happening to America today.


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