Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Armed Citizen

I bought another copy of From My Cold, Dead Fingers: Why America Needs Guns by Richard I. Mack. He gets a little deep into big government conspiracy for me, but it's kind of natural given his position. He fought and won in court against the attempt by the Federal Government to force local law enforcement to act on the Brady Bill or face penalties.

He's referenced some great information, though, including pulling quotations from various sources. Here are a couple of quotations from the founders taken from The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate (1982):

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them." -Richard Henry Lee

"The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their arms." -Samuel Adams

The Senate Committee wrote on the topic, too: "The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the Untied States, as well as the interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner."

On to the modern stories of self-defense:

James Shema, owner of Shema's Outdoor Sports in Merrillville, Indiana, knew immediately he was in a deadly situation. A man entered his store with a sawed-off shotgun, and ordered Shema, his wife, Kathy, and three customers to drop to the floor. As Shema moved toward the floor, he grabbed a .40-caliber handgun kept behind the counter and fired two shots at the robber. The wounded gunman fled the store and was soon apprehended by authorities who found him bleeding in the back seat of a nearby SUV. Shema said he just did what he had to do. "When he came in here with a shotgun and no mask on his face I didn't think he planned to leave survivors," Shema explained. (The Times, Munster, IN, 07/29/2004)

Roy Rhodes had closed his shop and was returning home just after midnight when he was attacked from behind by two armed men. One or possibly both men fired at Rhodes, who suffered a gunshot to his leg. Rhodes returned fire, killing one of the robbers. The other gunman was later aggravated and charged with aggravated assault. (Wacross Journal-Herald, Waycross, GA, 07/22/2004)

Note: Where's the 1st degree murder charge? Each state is different, but it's a solid deterrent to crime when the death of your accomplice, whether your direct fault or not, during the commission of a crime results in 1st degree murder charges. Hopefully Georgia has enacted such a law by now.

A young man was coming out of a bedroom in his grandmother's house in Gulfport, Mississippi, when he encountered two men who had entered the home. One of the intruders struck the young man on the head. The grandson said tha after he fell he grabbed a gun that was hidden under the bed and began firing at the two men, who then left and drove off in a gray Oldsmobile. No one was injured in the house, but at least one victim of the home invasion had been tied up with duct tape, police at the scene said. (The Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS, 07/27/2004)

Lisa Hansen awoke one morning when she heard someone moving around inside her house. She then heard someone run up her stairs and attempt to open her bedroom door. "I waited to listen and see how many footsteps I heard," Hansen said. Upon determining there was only one person in her house, Hansen grabbed her cell phone and reached for a gun she keeps under her bed. She ran out of the room, confronted the burglar and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The would-be burglar turned out to be a teenager who lives in the neighborhood and had done some lawn woork for Hansen previously. The teen said he had only entered her home because he saw a man in there, but Hansen did not believe the explanation. Police later discovered Hansen's cousin's checkbook in the boy's pocket. (The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA, 07/09/2004)

Two Tennessee women responded to a knock at their door at about 1:30 A.M. and saw two masked men standing outside. The women, who are cousins, ran to an upstairs bedroom as the men kicked in their back door. Police spokesman Don Aaron described what happened next. "As one of them [the intruders] came to the doorway of the bedroom where the two women were hiding, the older cousin, who had retrieved a pistol from the nightstand, fired one time. The intruder was hit and died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head," said Aaron. The other intruder fired twice but neither woman was injured. The deceased intruder was identified as Maurice Wilson who had been charged with 38 offenses in the past three years, Aaron said. (The Tennesean, Nashville, TN, 07/19/2004)

Note: There's no excuse for any lawmaker to ever prohibit any citizen from owning and carrying a firearm, but this is only underscored when it comes to crimes against women. One survey by the Justice Department reported that out of 32,000 attempted rapes, 32 percent were committed. When a potential rape victim was armed with a gun or knife, only 3 percent of attempted rapes were successful. (Reported in the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, Edgar A. Suter, M.D., March 1994, p.149.) Allowing a woman to arm herself thus reduces her likelihood of becoming a victim by a factor of ten! Given these facts, I can not help but believe that any legislator who enacts anything that prevents a lawful, competent woman from owning and carrying a firearm is an accessory to rape.

An East Oakland, California, market employee thwarted a robbery attempt at the 3M Market early one Saturday. The alleged robber, identified as David Mosely, was wounded in his head and back, and left the store. Police were called to a nearby apartment to investigate a call about a man covered in blood, but did not locate the suspect when they arrived. Mosely was arrested a short time later when he attempted to steal a car. He was charged with attempted robbery and taken to the hospital. (The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA, 07/25/2004)

A Pacific Beach, California, resident heard someone breaking into his home at 1:52 A.M. Fearing for his wife and young child's safety, the homeowner retrieved a gun and fired at the intruder, who suffered a wound to his ankle and fled the scene. Police apprehended the suspect, took him for medical treatment and then to jail. (The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Deigo, CA 07/12/2004)

Armed citizen stories are taken from American Rifleman magazine. "If you have a firsthand 'Armed Citizen' experience, call NRA-ILA PR/Communications at (703) 267-1193. Studies indicate that firearms are used over 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or in some cases, property. Anyone is free to quote or reproduce these accounts. Send clippings to: 'The Armed Citizen,' 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400."

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