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Juan Williams

Among the favorite arguments of anti-liberty advocates is Joe Average Citizen cannot be trusted with guns. Yesterday, while channel surfing, I happened to tune, briefly, into The Five. I happened to hear Juan Williams trot out the ancient and abjectly false canard that anyone owning guns is virtually certain to kill themselves, their family or other innocents. This is particularly ironic coming from Williams. I’m sure readers recall his dismissal from NPR for not being a sufficiently bull goose demented leftist. For a time, Williams tempered his progressive rhetoric, at least in part, one assumes, out of gratitude to the many conservatives that stood up for him, and to Fox, which employed him and continues to employ him to date. Obviously, gratitude, and rationality, go only so far.

Occasionally, a heart-warming story pops up, made particularly heart-warming by the inclusion of Joe Average Citizen doing something valuable and useful with firearms. Fox News reports:

A Tennessee homeowner held two escaped inmates wanted in the killing of two prison guards at gunpoint Thursday until authorities arrived and made the arrests.

[Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill] Miller says the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a car while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into woods along Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana.

Miller says something alerted the homeowner that people were outside his home and he saw the men trying to steal his vehicle. The trooper says the homeowner held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor he called until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department could get there to arrest them.

The escapees, Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose escaped from a prison bus by taking a gun away from guards and murdering two of them–allegedly. They stole multiple vehicles and were on the run when the unnamed “Tennessee homeowner” and his neighbor captured them.

But why would two hardened criminal murderers–alleged–so easily submit to Joe Average Citizen, a guy not a professional government employee, someone more likely to shoot himself or other innocents than evil-doers? Presumably the citizen did not have the kind of advanced firearm training given to the police? 

It’s Basic Criminal Psychology 101. Criminals know what to expect from the police. They know the police are hampered by all manner of laws and rules, written and unwritten, spoken and unspoken. And these days, the Ferguson Effect weighing heavily on the nation’s police, police officers are very reluctant indeed to use deadly force, particularly if the criminals involved are black. Rowe and Dubose are white, but covered in nearly enough tattoos to qualify as non-white.

These days, thanks to the very same Democrats that work tirelessly to disarm the law-abiding by undermining the Bill of Rights, criminals not only feel sufficiently emboldened to disobey police officers, but to fight them and even assassinate them. It’s likely Rowe and Dubose made up their minds to go down in a blaze of glory if confronted by the police. If so, it was a potentially reasonable calculation that the police might just hesitate enough to give them an edge. After all, they’d already–allegedly–killed two corrections officers. That’s enormous street cred in the criminal world. Killing a cop or two would make them eternal celebrities.

And then Joe Average Citizen came along and the hardened criminal murderers–alle…oh, the hell with that–meekly submitted. Why?

Because Joe probably told them what plenty of Joe Average Citizens might have said in his position: “you’re going to lay right there, flat on your bellies, because if you don’t, I’m going to start taking you apart, joint by joint. Hell, I’m such a bad shot, you never know what I’m going to hit. I just might aim for your head and blow your weenie off, but I’m going to hit something–repeatedly. So go ahead, make my day. It’ll be your word against mine, except you won’t be talking anymore.”

The criminals understood they were facing people who are sick to death not only of their kind, but of the politicians that support and praise criminals. They knew those citizens with guns just might be inclined to get some payback for all the misery they’ve ever inflicted on decent people. They understood they were looking down the barrel at sudden death–justice–rather than years of trials, appeals, media appearances, favorable mentions in state legislatures and in the halls of Congress. They understood rather than being held up by “criminal justice reform” activists, they’d be six feet under.

But thank goodness Joe Average Citizen didn’t shoot himself, those he loved, or some other innocent. Juan Williams will be relieved, I’m sure.