We grieve. And we extend condolences, sincere and genuine. And I extend mine to the families of those slain in yesterday's shootings; to those injured and to their families.
Today though, beyond our shock, and beyond our grief, we must do something different. We must face the reality that this shooting underscores: It was not the first and it will not be the last. NO amount of military or police presence can protect us from an individual intent on doing harm. The protection of life, liberty and property must begin with us. We must be prepared to defend ourselves. In our earliest days as a country, Noah Webster recognized, "the whole body of the people are armed , and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, of any pretence, raised in the United States."
Not even the greatest military can protect us. Everywhere, at all times, individuals must be prepared to defend themselves and their family. Do not be afraid, but be bold and courageous knowing that you have done all you can to protect yourself and your family. Take up arms, learn to use them and use them well. We will all be safer for it.