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An Old, Apt Analogy

I had already written my Impromptus for today when I came across an article I would have commented on — which I’d like to do now. The Daily Caller reports on a store clerk in Vermont who chased off a would-be robber with a gun. That is, the clerk had the gun; the robber had a knife. The clerk was fired (though did not fire). And he had no regrets.

“That store has been robbed eight or nine times,” he said, “and I always work nights. I’m a firm believer in having a gun and not needing it rather than the other way around. I can always find a new job.”

Let me emphasize that middle sentence: “I’m a firm believer in having a gun and not needing it rather than the other way around.” That is much the way I feel about a strong U.S. military.

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