"I've decided to have guns in the house."
Those were the simple words of Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell, after fending off an armed intruder in his house.
His wife, daughter and grandson were about to hit the sack late Saturday, when the thug broke in, attacking his daughter.
The wily 77 year old tried to stop him, but it was Boswell's grandson's loaded shotgun that caused the punk to flee in the opposite direction.
Yep, if there's one thing you can learn from a shotgun: you never run at one.
Now, publicizing tales like these do nothing but good, for they remind the common thug of a key life or death question: what house would you rob, if you could?
One in which the owner is armed, or not?
And it poses a question to everyone else: if you're the victim, would you rather be armed - or not?
Me - I don't want to depend on the kindness of strangers, I prefer to depend on the accuracy of my shot.
Of course, the biggest gun control advocates will disagree, but they all work in well-protected media networks, surrounded by well-trained, well-armed security.
Guns are a conservative, libertarian way of privatizing safety.
It's also the best way to keep good people free.
And bad people scared.