Posted by: reformedmusings | April 11, 2009

Great firearm self-defense links

I’ve been collecting links all week to counter the inevitable exploitation of recent tradgedies by anti-2nd Amendment groups. I’ll toss them out in this one post.

Gary Graham has a good article in the wake of the Carthage, NC, public shooting in a victim-disarmament zone: To Arms!!! It’s long by web standards, but covers a lot of underlying issues quite well.

Here’s an article whose title hints at the contents: Binghamton official defend response to massacre. Why would they need to do that? How about this tidbit:

The SWAT team entered the building until 11:13 a.m., 43 minutes after the first call to police.

How’s that for timely response to a public shooting? I hope that you aren’t depending on the cops to save your butt when the stuff hits the fan. Just like Columbine and other incidents, they aren’t risking their necks for you. They just clean up the mess after all is said and done.

Daniel White has a nice summary of a self-defense incident in Pizza shop owner fights back, robber killed. Here’s a source article from the Akron Beacon Journal. Score another one for the good guys. Sounds like the owner would have been killed if he’d been unarmed.

On the dark side, Dan White also writes about an incident in Parma, OH, (complete with original audio) where police harass a law-abiding citizen who was legally exercising his right to open carry. The press tried to paint the law-abiding citizen in a negative light, but the fellow was acting within the law and only getting dinner from Taco Bell. It provides a sad commentary on the lack of real freedom in our nation.

Howard Nemerov wrote a great piece on Australia experiencing more violent crime despite gun ban. Howard reports that while Australia’s murder rate has dropped commensurate with that in the US over the same period,

During the same time period, all other violent crime indices increased in Australia: assault rose 49.2% and robbery 6.2%. Sexual assault–Australia’s equivalent term for rape–increased 29.9%. Overall, Australia’s violent crime rate rose 42.2%. At the same time, U.S. violent crime decreased 31.8%: rape dropped 19.2%; robbery decreased 33.2%; aggravated assault dropped 32.2%. Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women

Makes perfect sense. Violent predators have nothing to fear now, so they rampage. The same thing has happened in the UK, where as I’ve written before, knife crime has skyrocketed and home invasions are becoming a national sport.

Nemerov also wrote Australia experiencing mass murder despite gun control. This brings to light a key point ignored by those who wish to gut our civil rights under the 2nd Amendment: you don’t need firearms to kill. In the worse such events in U.S. history, Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people in Oklahoma City using fertilizer and fuel, and the Clinton Administration murdered 76 people at Waco, TX, including 20 children. In Australia, at least 135 people have recently died at the hands of arsonists. And let’s not forget that on 9/11/2001, 19 Islamonazis murdered 2,974 using box cutters in victim-disarmament zones, crashing 3 airliners into buildings and one into a field in the name of Allah.

I’m running a post around in my head on the moral failures the led to the recent spate of nut cases killing here in the U.S. Pelosi and other freedom killers want to blame inanimate objects, but the real failure is a moral one in people. We had about as many guns per capita and way fewer gun control laws in the 1950’s and even fewer on back to our beginning, but these kinds of mass killings were virtually unknown then outside of war. It’s clear that guns didn’t change – they are still inanimate objects. It’s also clear that gun control created victim-disarmament zones that serve as free killing zones for maniacs. That’s certainly one contributing change, since all the mass public shootings have occurred in victim-disarmament zones.

But I believe that the moral decay in the U.S. and around the world starting in the 1960’s is now coming to fruition. If there are no absolutes – as the public schools indoctrinate into our children – then what restrains the violence when our education system and welfare state produce conscienceless predators? The answer is nothing short of an absolute police state (and we are getting there), and not even that works as the Soviet Union and Communist China found out. The only other alternative would be unfettered concealed carry by law-abiding citizens. The latter is what our founding fathers enshrined in our Constitution.

America has lost its moral compass, and we’re paying the price in blood. Frederick Nietzsche said there’d be days like these.

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