We’ve all heard a 911 call on television. A calm dispatcher attempts to calm down the caller as he or she begs and pleads for someone to come to their rescue quickly. They’re tragic and sometimes difficult to listen to.
The old saying goes, “When seconds count, police are minutes away.” Nobody should blame the police; they cannot be everywhere at once. But what is someone supposed to do when a crazed murderer is busting down the door and police are minutes away?
One woman faced such a deadly situation and was beaten to death by an estranged, abusive husband. On August 9th, 45-year-old Monica Johnson clung to a baseball bat as her abusive, estranged husband broke into her home. Upon entering, David Johnson Sr. allegedly grabbed the bat and beat her to death with it. She was found in her own backyard.
Johnson was arrested two hours later and charged with her murder.
To highlight what could have been done differently to save Johnson’s life, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley publicly urged women to arm themselves and to get concealed weapons permits.
“Get your concealed weapons permit. Ladies, learn how to safely handle a weapon, learn how to safely store a weapon, and when you’re in a situation like this, shoot him in your backyard before he gets in your house,” Wiley said. “Drop him. Take the extremes necessary to live a life where you don’t have to worry about your kids and your life.”
What Sheriff Wiley is referring to is the God-given right of self-defense afforded to all human beings.
Still, the left hates this bit of truth.
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Director Beth Meeks blasted the Sheriff’s assertion and said:
“I don’t think we’re ever going to eliminate domestic violence homicide, and we’re never going to be able to eliminate the need for women to defend themselves. But there’s an overwhelming pile of evidence that says that a woman who wields a gun against her abuser is much more likely to have her own weapon used against her.”
First, that’s not entirely accurate. Such stats are largely augmented and adulterated by framing the “study” as a study of gun violence, not murder, and often include accidents and suicides in the data which skews the result significantly.
Secondly, it’s absolutely true that not everyone should have a firearm. Our society has become incredibly soft and though there is an absolute right to self-preservation, there remains two distinct groups of people: those who can take a life if they must and those who cannot.
Those who cannot pull the trigger should be honest with themselves as pulling a gun without using it can lead to the gun being used against them.
Third, Meeks’ cautionary warning is flatly absurd. Johnson is dead. She died a merciless, horrific death. How would introducing a gun into this equation possibly have made her less safe?
I cannot pretend to know what it’s like to be a woman. I cannot know what it feels like to live in fear of an abusive, deranged spouse. I do know that when I walk down a dark alley to my car, I am comforted knowing that I am armed- and I’m a full-grown man.
If the left were half as concerned about saving lives as they claim to be, they would be pushing for easier access to firearms and not discouraging the ownership of the tools necessary to defend one’s life and one’s family.