Critiques of My Self Defense Incident Refuted
I have remarked before, that it’s sort of my job to be hated. I’d venture to say I’ve become quite good at this. So whenever I draw a great deal of attention to myself, there is obviously a certain expectation of negative feedback. Often, this is intentional. I am saying controversial things that I know will get people into angry conversations, I do this for promotional reasons, and to get people discussing important topics, so it is not at all unexpected.
This time, I am quite surprised. After being compelled to pull a gun on some lunatics last weekend, there has been a rush to judgement on the part of so many people who I would have expected to be in my corner. Just as surprising, was the change of heart in some of my enemies who felt compelled to stand up for me on the subject. But hey, I love surprises, it keeps things interesting, so thank you to all parties.
In any case, I think there were some valid and invalid complaints, and I’d like to take the time to discuss them.
1. “White Knighting”
This is one of my favorites. One day I’m being branded a woman hating misogynist, the next I’m being labeled a white knight social justice warrior. Seems like you can’t take a position on gender issues these days without obtaining one of those labels. That’s rather unfortunate, as I think more people should get in on that discussion.
I used to write at A Voice for Men. I have been so hostile to feminists on the pages of this blog, that my audience is like 94% male. I despise political correctness in all its forms.
I also know that no small portion of my purpose for existence on this earth is to please, provide for, and protect, women. I am a man, a 220 pound man with combat training and a handgun. I protect the weak from the strong. Not just women from men, but citizens from cops, the productive from the predatory, and everything in between. If you choose not to, then I suppose your chromosomes might remain intact, but I don’t feel much more comfortable calling you a man, than I feel calling Bruce Jenner a woman.
In this particular incident, it turned out that the women were just as batshit crazy as the men. More so even. They did not deserve my assistance, but I had no way of knowing that, as I walk down a normally quiet street, and hear angry men yelling at women who are crying. If you would not intervene, fine, that’s your decision, maybe it’s because you’re a coward, or maybe it’s because American women have become so incredibly ungrateful for what we do for them that it doesn’t seem worth it anymore.
In either circumstance, it’s a terrible shame the gender role model that caused mankind to become the undisputed ruling species of the planet has been so deconstructed that it threatens our existence. Men should not be cowards. They should confront danger, protect the innocent, and fight evil, even if it puts their own lives in danger. That’s why we’re here. Women should say “Thank You” and show us some fucking respect for the service, instead of conning us into imprisoning one another over false rape statistics and other horseshit feminist nonsense.
I’ve identified two complaints on this subject, one is that I should not have recorded to begin with, and the other is that I should have stopped recording once commanded to. One variation is that I should have recorded surreptitiously.
I regularly record people. The vast majority of my recordings are never seen, because nothing happens. I record police when they pull someone over, I’ve live streamed swat raids and riots. When I sense something might be happening, my camera comes out as a matter of near instinct.
A camera provides an impartial record of events that is clear for third parties to make judgements about. Someone may or may not doubt my word about a particular series of events, but it is hard to dispute an audio/video recording. There is no better form of evidence than video. So if one is under the impression that something terrible is about to happen, recording it is an excellent way of not only documenting the event, but even preventing the event from occurring.
When people realize they are being recorded, they have a tendency to behave better. I’ve filmed dozens of traffic stops, where police let a person off with a warning, just because they don’t want to be seen giving someone a ticket. Who knows how many searches, arrests, or police brutality incidents I’ve stopped, just by standing there with a camera?
For this to be effective, the camera needs to begin recording before the incident occurs. I cannot sit waiting for something to happen, and then record the aftermath alone. In this incident, I heard what I sensed was an imminent violent conflict, and then I turned on the camera as I approached the scene of the incident. The conflict did indeed turn violent, so it would seem my assessment of the situation was quite accurate.
I did not stop recording when commanded to, because people who are behaving irrationally with a potential for violence are not good sources of advice. I am recording the scene, specifically because these people are dangerous. When dangerous people tell you not to record them doing dangerous things, the value of their opinions is not particularly high. Especially the final command of “Yo, put your fuckin camera away, now!” was not a request to be left alone, it was a threat of violence. If I had responded to that intimidation tactic by complying, I would only have emboldened my attackers.
Besides, since when did victim blaming become socially acceptable? We do not think it right to say “She was asking for it” when a rape victim dresses scantily and gets drunk at a party. How we could say that I was asking for it, by recording the scene of a violent crime, is quite beyond my comprehension.
3. They were unarmed!
Indeed they were, and I intended to make sure they stayed that way. I am carrying a gun at all times. Usually I openly carry that weapon, but this evening I happened to be wearing a light jacket that covered my weapon from plain sight. If dangerous violent people attack me, I am quite well prepared to defend myself in hand to hand combat. More than most. But when multiple assailants run at me in the middle of the night, to prevent me from recording whatever evils they may have been planning to commit, I cannot risk that they will gain control of my weapon.
I said of the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin incident, that if Zimmerman did anything wrong, it was waiting too long to pull out his gun. It is incredibly dangerous to wait until you are being assaulted to defend yourself. I pulled out my weapon as my assailants came within 10 or 15 feet of me, because once they are within arm’s reach, the gun is not as effective of a tool. It can be grabbed, or I might become disoriented from a punch to the face, I might aim for the man, he might strike my hand, and I might shoot an innocent person as the direction of the weapon is changed outside of my control.
If they had bested me in hand to hand combat, they could have gained control of the weapon. People who are out in the middle of the night set on doing harm to people who might expose their bad behavior, are not to be trusted with the weapon of the man they unjustifiably assaulted. They could have killed me. My life was in danger. I responded with a threat of deadly force, and still they advanced on me. It’s a god damn miracle I didn’t kill these people.
4. “I guess you take back all that nasty shit you say about police now, eh?”
No doubt I’ve been quite vicious towards police. Especially as of late, the pages of this blog are chock full of angry and even violent rhetoric about law enforcement. So it is not lost on me, that some folks would find some amusement in me thanking the Keene Police officers who arrived on the scene.
I’ll say it plainly, I appreciated everything about the way they handled this incident. I’d have no business criticizing police if I weren’t ready to be honest about my interactions with them. These men showed up extraordinarily quickly, to the scene of an incident where I was nearly certain I would be forced to end lives. They saw the guy who wrote “Violently Overthrow the Government” pointing a gun at people, and they didn’t even aim their weapons at me. They were calm, and courteous, and professional throughout, at the scene of a violent crime where few would have thought twice about if they had opted to kill me. It was nothing short of brave and honorable that they behaved this way.
If anybody else had come to my assistance in that situation, you bet your ass I would be grateful. In that moment, I didn’t care if it was Murray Rothbard or Adolf Hitler who showed up, I just wanted the conflict to end. The fact that they are part of the same police department that imprisoned Ian Freeman, Rich Paul, and Derrick J, was not part of the equation at the moment.
That said, they were also the most frightening part of the entire ordeal. I knew I could kill my assailants and walk away from the incident. I did not want to, but I was prepared to. When the police showed up I feared I would be the one full of holes in a pool of his own blood, gasping for air, dying in terror, knowing that my death was utterly meaningless after I had worked so hard to do good in the world.
That same police department denied Derrick J a carry permit. So if he had been in my shoes, he might have been killed, or imprisoned, for doing the exact same thing I did. This sort of behavior causes me to view these men as my enemies, I have said as much to them plainly, and my position has not changed.
Police are the enforcement wing of the most violent institution in the history of the human race. They are paid by theft and coercion, coyly wrapped up in legal jargon called “taxation”. They threaten and harass motorists for doing perfectly safe and normal things on the highways. They kidnap people for possessing plants.
One good deed does not forgiveness command, when one is intent on continuing a pattern of victimization, the only excuse for which is “I’m just doing my job” which is just another way of saying “I hurt people for money”. Police are violent, evil, aggressors who should be punished for the damage they have wrought on society.
This does not mean I am not thankful when they bring that horror to bear upon my enemies.
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