Imagine, by John Lennon, is among my top picks as one of the worst songs ever, but that’s not because I don’t have a good imagination.
I like to imagine lots of things, but one of my favorites is to imagine how many fewer rapes would be attempted if every potential rapist had to spend time wondering whether or not his intended victim was armed with a handgun.
Or how many would-be muggers would become actual muggers if they knew there was even a 50-50 chance their intended victims were armed. Or how many potential mass shooters would target schools, theaters or shopping malls if they knew their intended victims could respond with deadly force.
Now imagine what would happen if they knew for a certainty that none of their intended victims would be armed. Ever.