A gun owner in Tamarac, Florida surrendered his rifle to the Broward Sheriff's Office in the wake of the high school shooting Wednesday. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot 17 of his former classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just two days prior.
The man's name is Ben Dickmann and he has a rather misguided view on firearms that caused him to turn his AR-57 semi-automatic rifle to Broward Sheriff’s Office. This guy seriously needs to realize that government doesn't show up until after people are killed, a firearm represents a means to defend yourself and your family from the exact type of people who would shoot up a high school.
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At least Dickmann recognizes his view is not held by the majority of gun owners. "This is just my opinion and probably not held by the majority of gun owners is, I don’t think that that rifle, that type of rifle, that military-style rifle has a place in public. That rifle was designed for military combat. I’m not participating in military combat. I have no need for that," he said.
How can someone who is so close to such a violent tragedy not see the need for protection? What if a scumbag like Cruz was pointing his AR at Dickmann's family? How would he feel about 'not needing it then'? This idea that you don't need guns because the government will protect you, and the police will protect you, is false.
Things happen too quickly for police to arrive. Even when they do arrive, they don't go in right away. Look at previous school shootings where police staged outside for hours upon hours before breaching columbine high school. You're on your own in a situation like that and the only way you're going to have a chance at survival or protecting the lives of your family is with a firearm.
Where Dickmann's social justice warrior agenda comes out is when he goes as far as to say that nobody else has a need for a rifle either. "I have no need for this, nor does anybody else and that’s why didn’t try to sell it,” he said. “I could’ve sold it very easily, but I decided not to. I don’t need it and nobody else does either," Dickmann said.
Dickmann's SJW status was confirmed when he said, "I am member of probably the second-most vilified demographic in the country currently (If you didn’t know, I’m a conservative-leaning, gun-owning, middle-aged, financially stable white male). Maybe more like me will stand up, because I’m sorry, until my demographic gets behind this, nothing will change."
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