Building on Imani’s post, I want to flag another issue raised by the “rush the gunman” meme on the right.
Whenever people talk about restriction on guns, the gun nuts come out make dire warnings about how our rights of self-defense are threatened. This is the case even when discussing limitations on “assault weapons.” These guys are all about rate of fire, reload speed, and stopping power.
“How dare you restrict me to a .38 revolver? How can I possibly defend my home with that?”
But then, when faced with the problem of assault rifle wielding maniacs, the proper response is rushing him? This, coming from the same people who believe that a shotgun is wholly inadequate for home defense?
So what is it boys? Does self-defense require military-grade weaponry, or it is just matter of finding a “husky 12 year old” or a “janitor with a bucket”?