ou may not have ever heard of Nick Freitas before, but I have a feeling we'll all be hearing a lot about him soon. At first glance, this may seem very political, very Republican vs. Democrat.
But it's not. It's about logic versus emotion.
It's about an eloquent defense of the Second Amendment and the reason that the gun control debate is stalled. And the response to this speech underlined everything that was said.
It's about people who got so upset about historic facts that they had to leave the room instead of engaging in a discussion.
Last week, he gave a rousing speech on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates in defense of the Second Amendment. Some of his key points:
We need to find out if gun-free zones are effective
We need to understand the reasons behind the Second Amendment
We need to make self-defense possible
We should consider arming teachers
We need to discuss this issue with mutual respect
We have to admit that the government failed in the Florida school shooting
One point he brought up that really spoke to me personally was the fact that not all gun-related acts of self-defense involve pulling the trigger and shooting the perpetrator. I know that in my own case during an attempted home invasion, just the presence of my gun and the perception of the would-be criminals that I wouldn't hesitate to use it, deterred what could have been a heinous crime against me and my daughter.
Freitas said in the speech that we have an inherent right to defend ourselves and that he will not accept a false narrative. He pointed out that he and his fellow Republicans don't believe Democrats when they say that all they want to do is ban bump stocks.
Freitas is a retired Green Beret who served 2 tours in Iraq. (source) He was elected to the state delegation in 2016 and is a self-described Libertarian-Republican.
Listen to the entire speech in the video below.