Colonel Jeff Cooper’s To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth describes exactly what is wrong with the United States today. Cooper wrote of the society in which he grew up during the 1930s,
Boys were taught to shoot and use their hands, and girls were taught to expect that in their men.
… In that society, it would have been both futile and ridiculous for two punks to assume control over 159 people.
Cooper’s position was that there was no excuse – none – for 159 passengers to allow a pair of hijackers to take over an airliner. It is easy to imagine what Cooper would say about more than a million people in Boston and its suburbs allowing one punk to lock them in their homes, and out of their workplaces, at a cost of up to one billion dollars. The message to terrorists could not be clearer: Any deranged individual willing to sacrifice his life or his freedom can bring a major U.S. city to its knees.
Cooper explained exactly why:
The press, academe, and the law enforcement establishment preach: Do not fight back! On the street, in your home, on the airplane, on the high seas, anywhere, anytime. Do not fight back! You may be hurt.
This contemptible, despicable, and pusillanimous culture has not, fortunately, infested the Old South, most of the Mountain States (except Colorado), or rural and suburban Pennsylvania and Ohio. It is no coincidence that these are places where it is legal to carry a sidearm openly without a permit, and/or it is fairly straightforward to get a concealed carry permit. The “cringe like sheep” mindset is, on the other hand, most pervasive in the major metropolitan areas that are also the clearly identifiable origin of almost all attacks on the Second Amendment. Consider the five largest cities on the list:
(1) New York City, the home or origin of Governors Mario and Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Charles Schumer, and Reps. Carolyn McCarthy and Jerrold Nadler, is why New York State is among the three worst places in the country to do business. It is also noteworthy that the alleged perpetrator of the Boston bombing had selected Manhattan as his next target. New York City is probably the best place in the country to get millions of hoplophobes into the positions to which they are most suited: on their knees, or in the fetal position.
(2) Los Angeles, the home of Henry Waxman, is why California also is among the three worst places in the country to do business. Senator Dianne Feinstein is from San Francisco, another source of California’s problems.
(3) Chicago, the home of Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (the wife of convicted felon Robert Creamer), and convicted criminals Bobby Rush and Rod Blagojevich, is why Illinois also is among the three worst places in the country to do business.
(4) Houston may be an anomaly because Texas has a long history of individual self-reliance. Santa Ana needed several thousand Mexicans to lock down the defenders of the Alamo, and the Mexicans eventually lost the war to a general named Houston. Harris County did, however, vote primarily for Obama.
(5) Philadelphia is the home of Second Amendment enemies Joe Sestak and Allyson Schwartz, who recently announced that they will run for governor. Schwartz has serious problems with her ethics and integrity, as shown by her support for malicious and frivolous lawsuits against firearm manufacturers. Several state legislators from Philadelphia, meanwhile, proposed a revival of Jim Crow laws whose original purpose was to make it difficult or impossible for minorities and working class people to own firearms for self-protection.