How are you supposed to fight off a man wielding an axe? According to Mark Glaze, the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns pro-gun control group, you should either try to talk it out or fight with your fists.
Glaze met with Chris Matthews on Hardball to discuss gun legislation, and the topic quickly shifted to self-defense. Glaze first brought up the topic of an armed axe wielder. When pressed by Matthews, Glaze explained, “I have a word for [any man wielding an axe]. I grew up in Colorado where my dad was a gun dealer, and a guy who shoots somebody who has anything other than a gun when they could have done something else like talk or fight with their fists.”
Matthews countered, “How do you talk to a guy with an axe handle?”
Glaze responded, “Well, you fight him. You run away. You deescalate the situation.”
This is where Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post chimed in. He argued that SYG is a shaky law because it tips the scales in favor of shooters by allowing shooters to always have the last say in court.
Their arguments highlights one of the weaknesses of repealing SYG. While many gun-control advocates would love to get rid of the controversial law, few would be optimistic about the prospect of fighting off an axe-wielding man.
Of course, gun-control advocates could easily argue that the exact same thing is going on every day in America. Unarmed citizens are forced to defend themselves from gun-wielding criminals, which is an even more unbalanced matchup. No matter how you cut it, people who have power will continue to hurt and exploit those who do not have the power.
Do you agree with the arguments of Glaze and Capehart, or does the idea of fighting off an axe-wielding man with your fists make you side with gun rights?