As we recently observed another Pearl Harbor Day, I am reminded of a quote attributed to Fleet Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Admiral Yamamoto was a graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and an alumnus of the U.S. Naval War College and Harvard University. The quote was stated in a letter to  Ryoichi Sasakawa  prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  According to Yamamoto, if they were ever to invade the mainland of the United States, “There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” Some say this is not accurate, but the sentiment is valid all the same.

An armed civilian population serves as a tremendous deterrent to foreign invaders. This is at least in part the reason that ISIS engages in this “War of Terrorism.” They know that if they came here as an invading army, the civilian population alone would defeat them. So they are reduced to the cowardly methods such as attacking Americans where they are most vulnerable. Workplaces, malls, college campuses – any place that forbids Americans from defending themselves with Signs such as “Gun Free Zone” and the like are just invitations for attack. Our befuddled and mislead politicians who support such ideas are just making the problems worse.

ISIS is not so big or strong that we the people cannot defeat them in short order if only the politicians would get out of the way. We need to take some responsibility for our own safety.

What if just one in ten legally qualified citizens carried a concealed weapon? The terrorists would have to think twice before they went to a Christmas party attended by their friends and coworkers to kill them. After all Admiral Yamamoto knew this in 1941.

Just a thought …

© John Duggan