Colion Noir, a prominent Second Amendment advocate, detailed an unsettling experience on Facebook Friday.
The post, which has gone viral, described a "car full of goons" who "circled" him as he was pumping gas. Whatever actions the four men in the car may have taken were thwarted by the sudden appearance of a police officer.
"I have no doubt if it were a little later and the cop didn't happen to walk out of the gas station store, one of them would have hopped out of the car to rob me."
The experience led him to speculate about what could have happened had he not been armed. After all, he said, "as far as they knew, I was out numbered."
He continued to voice his frustration,
"I was nervous, but I was more angry. I was minding my own business and just like that, my whole life could have changed."
Noir said that being armed was his "only advantage against four dudes in a car looking for trouble." He considered the push for gun control in America, saying "they want to create more laws that make it harder for me to defend myself in that situation if it had reached a climax."
He finished his post by saying,
"Gun control is so damn stupid. If you can, always carry, you can't choose the moments, they choose you."
The truth is that for Noir, who was outnumbered and for vulnerable people like the elderly or women, gun control initiatives take away a person's ability to defend him or herself. Perhaps instead of vilifying law abiding citizens who may find themselves in such a position, gun-control activists should focus on those who are most likely to commit the crime in the first place.
Colion's website can be found here.