LawDog so cogently states:
...I am speaking of the putrescent evil which convinces good men not to fight back; the sordid filth of the soul which allows one bad man to prevail against fifty -- or 25,000 -- good men because good men have been systematically denied the mindset required to meet with, engage and defeat evil -- even if all you have is fingernails and rage.
I wish I'd written it, but he says some things I thought, too, though more eloquently than I could have mustered.
I also must quote the immaculate Tam from her blog of last September 16 in which she so impeccably said:
I ain't goin' out like that. Whether it's some Columbine wannabe who's heard the backward-masked messages on his Marilyn Manson discs, distressed daytrader off his Prozac, homegrown Hadji sympathetic with his oppressed brothers in Baghdad, or a bugnuts whackjob picking up Robert Frost quotes transmitted from Langley on the fillings in his molars, I am going to do my level best to smoke that goblin before my carcass goes on the pile. I am not going to go out curled into a fetal ball and praying for help that won't arrive in time.
Now THAT is the spirit.
Passivity has its place in life, but when life and death are on the line, people need to not stand idly by and let themselves be executed, and they need to be teaching this vital lesson to their children. Yesterday's massacre is heartbreaking in too many ways to count, not the least of which is our having become a society in which people lack the mettle or the resourcefulness to defend themselves.
The wholesale slaughter of innocents is the price we pay for emasculated men, and for a culture which seeks to make excuses and strives for empathy for sociopaths rather than holding them accountable. Our culture has been held hostage for long enough by the tyranny of amoral neer-do-wells.
Victim culture tells us not to resist the bad people -- that if we keep our heads down and give them what they want, then they won't hurt us. Sometimes, the right thing to do is to boldly risk your own life in attempt to save those of others. How dare such brazen wickedness not be met with resistance? Sometimes you have to fight when you're a man (OR a woman), and the man who loves his life will lose it.
Don't let someone fly your plane into a building. Don't let someone take your life without a fight. Don't let a government take away your right to defend yourself.