Guns didn't protect murdered YouTube 'gun nut'
The Kansas City Star
A self-professed “gun nut” was the victim of an apparent homicide last week in Georgia, police report.
Yes, it’s somewhat ironic that Keith Ratliff was killed by a gun at his place of business - his weapons and testing facility.
Some radical gun control advocates would call it poetic justice.
But I think Ratliff - more than anything - was just another sad statistic in America’s continuing and destructive love affair with guns.
Ratliff gained fame as a YouTube channel producer for programs focused on promoting the use of guns for enthusiasts. Ratliff had many guns and plenty of ammunition at his place of business.
Yet, yes, he was still the victim of a homicide. His guns didn’t protect him in the end.
Ratliff was over-the-top in his love for guns that - let’s be honest - often are meant to kill people.
Here are two quotations that have been making the Internet rounds. Both showed the unhealthy views of a person when it comes to guns.
- “Every one of you should be able to own an assault weapon of your choice because that’s what the Second Amendment is about. It’s about owning weaponry to allow you to defend yourself from all enemies no matter where they rise from.”
Go read the Second Amendment. It says nothing of the sort, especially when it comes to assault weapons.
- In August, he tweeted, “I went to the movies with my pistol in my pocket the whole time I was praying that somebody would try to pull a Batman!”
This is the kind of bravado you hear often from gun lovers, like they’re going to be able to stand up in a darkened Aurora, Colo., movie theater (Ratliff’s obvious reference point) and stop themselves or others from being shot.
Based on what’s known so far, Ratliff wasn’t even able to do that in his own well-armed place of business.