Before his speech on Monday, Burress told reporters that he now felt it was foolish to rely on a gun for self-defense.
For several reasons, not the least of which is:
“…because I couldn’t see myself actually pulling the trigger.”
However, for those of us who have determined that we place the lives of ourselves and our loved ones over the lives of those who would endanger us for criminal gain…for those of use who are willing to learn the applicable laws and jump through the hoops to obey them…for those of us who are willing to take the time and make the effort to learn how to do so safely without shooting ourselves in the leg (while carrying a gun out getting drunk and partying) – for us, a gun is a useful, viable and practical tool for self defense.
I applaud Plaxico Burris for recognizing his shortcomings and admitting that he is not responsible enough to carry a firearm for self defense. If his intent is to urge others to refrain from carrying one illegally and irresponsibly as he did, I support him 100%.
If, however, his message fits within the greater Brady Campaign propaganda – that no one is responsible enough to carry a firearm for self defense – I must request that he refrain from projecting his own failures and weaknesses onto the rest of us.