Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Armed Citizen

I stopped posting all the armed citizen incidents from the NRA's American Rifleman post, but doing so in the past had a point (and in fact I may end up putting them back up). 

The defensive presentation of a firearm saves lawful citizens from victimization approximately 2 million times every year.

There's nothing more scary than a crazy person going on a killing spree.  It's why such incidents make national headlines.  These people usually can't be reasoned with.  We try to make sense of their motives, but it comes down to this:  they're crazy and they're criminal.  Sane, lawful people don't do that and can't really understand most of the motives involved.  Thus, while such incidents remain largely mysterious (and therefore frightening) to most of us, there is something we know about them.  The only way to lessen the impact of such incidents is for first responders to stop the insane criminal quickly.   

Fortunately, armed citizens can act as first responders, as this man did in Utah.
Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store

Reported by: Don Hudson

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people."

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms."

Then, before the suspect could find another victim - a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. "A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith's grabbed him."

By the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. Lt. Brian Purvis said, "This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time."

Dozens of other shoppers, who too could have become victims, are also thankful for the gun carrying man. And many, like Danylle Julian, are still in shock from the experience. "Scary actually. Really scary. Five minutes before I walk out to my car. It could have been me."

Police say right now they have no idea what caused the suspect to go on the dangerous rampage. (We will update as soon as we learn new information.)

So far, police have not released the names of the suspect, the victims or the man who pulled the gun.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Great California Exodus

This is an important article not just for Californians, but for the entire United States.  The States are laboratories of the democratic process on which our republic is built.  States test ideas, and if they work, other states adopt them.  If they don't, other states should shun them.  If they work really, really well and fit within the enumerated powers of the U.S. Constitution, then the federal government should adopt them.  If they fail horribly, the federal government should also shun them vehemently even if they would fall under the enumerated powers.

California is the canary in the coal mine of socialist policies.  Make no mistake, the progressives in government on both sides of the aisle are moving us further into socialism.  So now it's time to see where we're headed by examining California.  Can people leave the U.S. the way they leave California?  Absolutely.  Canada is already recognized as economically more free than the U.S.  The more stable parts of Mexico are still great places to live.  The wealthy and mobile are welcome everywhere and they will leave if the U.S. becomes sufficiently inhospitable.

You may already know people are fleeing California, so why is this article so impressive?  I love intellectual honesty.  Whenever possible, I look for sources that disagree with me philosophically, but are honest about their research.  That's why Mr. Kotkin, who the article says describes himself as an old-fashioned Truman Democrat and who voted for Jerry Brown, is so convincing.  He has the numbers that show the big demographic leaving our California is middle-class, upwardly-mobile young families.  Just who you need to build any political state.

Give it a read here.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Shooting in Oakland

I cringed when I saw this awful headline pop up: Seven dead, three wounded in Oakland university shooting

Loss of innocent life is always a tragedy. As I've insisted in the past, this is a tragedy that might have been averted.

Police departments in the Bay Area of California don't issue CCW permits. Oakland and San Francisco are notorious for their disdain for the idea of lawful self-defense.

Unfortunately, deranged would-be mass murderers often see our universities (and other gun-free zones) as target-rich, opposition free environments.

Would I want to see a lawfully-armed student or professor in the awful position of having to take a criminal's life to save her or his own and the lives of everyone in the area? No, it's a life-changing, often deeply traumatic thing to have to do. I would prefer it to seven dead innocent lives taken, however.

Need some proof that armed campuses are safer? Two Colorado universities add another data point to the growing body of statistics.

Sunday, April 1, 2012