Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mitt Romney and Hurricane Katrina

Politico is reporting that Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

He deserved to be fired for making such awful comments while pretending to be a journalist.  It's even more reprehensible given how Mitt Romney actually interacted with Katrina victims.

An LA Times article, "A Mitt Romney most of America doesn't know" reported the observations of a man who as there to see it.
The Rev. Jeffrey Brown, who heads a faith-based gang intervention group in Roxbury, Mass., and spoke frequently to Romney during his governorship, saw two facets of the man — the executive and the spiritual counselor — come together after Hurricane Katrina when the Massachusetts Legislature provided shelter on Cape Cod for evacuees. Romney wanted members of the black clergy to attend to the arrivals — because he said some would rather talk to pastors than mental health professionals — and asked Brown to lead the effort.

Romney arrived a few days later, telling Brown he wanted to hear the stories directly from the victims, many of whom were from New Orleans' hard-hit Lower 9th Ward.

"He wanted to make sure that their needs were being met," Brown said. "He brought 50 state agencies down there, and everybody's needs were attended to. I'm talking about people who left their houses in such a rush that they forgot their teeth. He had dentists down there to get them their dentures.… He was on it."

But Brown was most surprised watching Romney interact with victims — praying with them, sitting with them on park benches asking about their families, scooping up children and asking for hugs.

"He was pastoral," Brown said. "He was that person with those people."
The entire article is worth your time.

Monday, August 27, 2012

FAQs from Frank J. Fleming

If you don't follow Frank J. Fleming, or @IMAO_ on Twitter, you should.  He combines humor I can only compare with Dave Barry (except Fleming is more consistently funny) with incredible political commentary.  Two examples I have to share are his FAQs, which may be the best things he's written.

An FAQ on Christianity for the Unbeliever

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Budget

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Armed Citizen

Upon returning home, an NRA Life member received some alarming news. His wife had just seen people running in and out of her father's home. Retrieving a pistol and a shotgun, the man drove his pickup the short trip to the house in question and cornered three suspicious men sitting in a car. "I jumped out of the truck and they stuck their hands up in the car. I made the driver get out," he told a local newspaper. As he held the suspects at gunpoint, they told him they had stopped to urinate, but he didn't believe their story. "I said, 'You don't need to talk to me because the sheriff's coming and you need to talk to him.'" When police arrived, they charged the men with third-degree burglary and recovered several stolen items. (The Selma Times-Journal, Selma, AL, 01/26/2006)

While sitting on her couch working on her computer in the early morning hours, a woman heard a noise at her front door. According to police, she saw two men through the peephole, so she grabbed her shotgun and chambered a shell. The would-be burglars kicked the door open only to find themselves staring down a gun barrel. "Get the [expletive] out of here!" the woman shouted, according to a police report. The men fled the scene. (Gazette-Journal, Reno, NV, 01/18/2006)

A man asleep in his apartment was awakened by a knock at his door. Police said that when he answered it, no one was there. Then a man shattered a window in the home and began entering through it. The resident armed himself and ordered the intruder to leave. When the alleged burglar failed to comply, the resident shot him. The suspect was treated for wounds to his leg and hand at the hospital and charged with burglary. (Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, UT, 02/01/2006)

A 22-year-old man confined to a wheelchair had just returned home from work when he heard a noise outside. According to police, he peered outside though his bedroom window and saw two people climbing into his house. When the intruders kicked open his bedroom door, the victim opened fire on them with a semi-automatic handgun. One of the alleged burglars was hit and his accomplice ran out the front door. Authorities said the suspect who was shot would be charged with first-degree burglary upon his release from the hospital. His accomplice was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. (The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, AL, 01/07/2006)

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Walking through the woods in a state park in Wenatchee, Wash., Michael Vanney was horrified to see a cougar pounce on his five-year-old daughter Jessica. Armed only with a hunting knife, Vanney yelled for his wife to bring a handgun, then jumped on the cat, knocking it off the girl. When his wife arrived with the gun, Vanney fired two shots, treeing the cat, which was later captured and held in quarantine. Jessica suffered only minor scrapes in the attack, according to an Associated Press report. (The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 6/24/1992)

When two masked men -- one of them armed with a pistol -- entered a Birmingham, Ala., convenience store and demanded money, the 29-year-old clerk grabbed his own pistol. Police said that when the armed robber pointed his gun at the clerk, the clerk shot the masked gunman, killing him. The clerk then held the second suspect for police. The second man was charged with first-degree robbery. (Associated Press, 12/30/2005)

According to police, a man stole a fire extinguisher from a dialysis center, then attempted to use it to break into a nearby home. A detective responding to a burglar alarm at the dialysis center witnessed an armed citizen thwart the alleged home invader. "While [the detective] was waiting for uniform patrol, he noticed a commotion across the street at a home," said a police spokesman. The detective reported that the man was allegedly trying to break through the front door using the fire extinguisher, but was shot in the groin by one of the occupants. The suspect was arrested on multiple charges after his release from the hospital. (The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA, 01/14/2006)

Carlton Whitted, Sr., woke up after hearing a loud noise reverberate throughout his home. "It sounded like a bomb went off," he said. What he heard was two men in their 20s kicking in the door of the isolated, rural North Carolina home. Police say the men shot Whitted's wife and daughter in the legs. Whitted then grabbed his .22-cal. rifle from the corner of his bedroom and shot both intruders, who fled on foot. The suspects turned up at a hospital where they faced several felony charges upon their release. (Associated Press, 01/17/06)

And a bonus story, as people have been defending themselves in this country for a very long time:

Lemuel Earl and his wife were awakened by suspicious noises in their store, in front of their home at Mendon, Utah. Armed with a .45 automatic, Earl investigated. In front of the store, he confronted a youth who claimed to be alone. Just then, Earl saw a rifle barrel emerge from the shattered window of his store. He fired a shot which wounded one bandit and caused another to dart from the store with his hands up. Police arrested the three, and said they found a stolen car with four rifles in it. (Standard Examiner, Ogden, UT, 09/1967)

Want even more stories? Visit the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work,
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail,
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts),
Opposition to CA AB 2062,
Knife Control?!,
Protecting Children through Gun Control?,
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy,
A Contrast to VA Tech.

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Why no one should support gun control.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

The Empire State Building Shooting

Mayor Bloomberg of New York City was quick yesterday to blame yesterday's highly-publicized shooting on "the national problem of gun violence."  The problem with Bloomberg's narrative is that a gun wasn't to blame.  A murderer was. 

The media went big with the fact 9 people were wounded.  Turns out, those passersby were wounded by panicked officers shooting at a man who hadn't fired at them.  At least, the evidence makes it seem very unlikely he did.  Don't get me wrong.  Officers have the right to shoot at someone who simply draws a gun on them.  In fact, they have the right to shoot a fleeing suspected felon in the back if he won't stop and surrender in many jurisdictions.  The question is whether they should do so on a busy street.  9 innocent people wounded by police bullets would seem to indicate opening fire was the wrong call in this situation.

I don't blame the NYPD, though I think there's a training issue to be addressed there.  I don't blame the gun.  I blame the murderer.  Here's what history tells us:  a person who really, really wants to kill someone else will do so.  That's not a "national gun violence" problem.  That's a murderer problem.  If he hadn't had a gun (and how could he have one on the street with NYC's amazingly restrictive gun control laws?) he'd have used a knife.  Or a shovel.  Or a hammer.  Or a rock.  You get the idea.  Taking one tool away won't stop a determined murderer.

In this case, I don't even think this was a failure of gun control laws.  The victim, even if lawfully armed, probably wouldn't have had time to defend himself.  (If you want a failure of strict gun control laws, look no further than Chicago, where 13 people were shot in a half hour Thursday night despite their near total ban on firearms). 

Mayor Bloomberg would do far better to refrain from making a clown of himself grandstanding to the media about a "gun violence" problem and instead use that time to instruct his police departments to take some shooting courses that include firing on the move without blowing holes in innocent civilians.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Importance of Hunting and Fishing

I've needed to write this for a while, because even among other conservatives and libertarians, I'm having discussions with "animal lovers" who think hunting is cruel and that we shouldn't do it.

A quick caveat before I begin:  I do not hunt.  I'm not opposed, I'm simply too lazy to track, kill and dress my own food.  I do understand why hunting and fishing are important, though and if you think it's cruel you should probably understand a few things, too.

Let's address cruel with a quick science lesson.  Environments have a carrying capacity.  That is, the available resources can only indefinitely sustain a certain number of animals.  Sometimes there are boom years, in which more food is available and more animals are born.  Other years are leaner and if the carrying capacity of the environment has been exceeded, animals will die.  The question becomes how they will die.  Do we permit a mass starvation event, in which animals die a slow, painful death due to lack of food, or do we hunt them?  Natural predators do some of the work and always have.  Humans are also part of that process, as we've been hunting since we figured out how to throw a rock or sharpen a stick.  Even though our gear has gotten fancier, we haven't stopped being a part of the environment and one of the many predators limiting unsustainable population growth of prey species.

Still, some people will say it's less cruel to let an animal starve slowly (starvation is an excruciating process, by the way) and rot "naturally" (during mass starvation events, predators can not consume all the meat) than for a human to kill it quickly and take the meat home for consumption.  I'm going to disagree with them.  I think humane hunting is a far better option.  Wildlife managers agree, relying on hunters to cull populations and prevent mass starvation.

The second very important service hunters provide is that they fund conservation efforts.  Since 1937, anybody who buys hunting supplies pays a 10% tax on them that funds wildlife preservation.  Here's a column with more details.  Note that as a target-shooter, I help pay for conservation through this tax, too.  While my contribution isn't voluntary, the contributions of hunters are since they do have the choice to hunt or not hunt.  There is nothing more fair and libertarian than a specific group paying for the resources they use. 

You can find a tremendous wealth of information on these two main points just by running your own searches on them.  Hunting isn't what Bambi portrays it to be.  It's an important part of our direct obligation as sentient beings to be good stewards of our resources, and it's a critical part of preventing unnecessary suffering of the life we share those resources with.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Armed Citizen

Orlando police say that a pair of would-be robbers chose a 37-year-old man as their victim because they thought he looked like an easy target. Apparently they forgot that Florida is a Right-To-Carry state. According to police, the armed duo approached the victim and said, "You know what's up," then threatened to kill him if he didn't give them money. Fearing they would spot his pistol, the man started emptying his pockets until the alleged robbers backed off a bit, then he drew his gun and fired. The assailants fled, but were apprehended by police shortly thereafter and charged with armed robbery. (The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 12/15/2005)

As he watched an intruder run from his living room and climb out a window, a 75-year-old man thought for a moment that the danger was gone. But police say that when he turned around, a second intruder was coming at him. The homeowner fired a handgun once, hitting and killing the intruder. "He reacted," said police Lt. Carl Fletcher. "That was his reaction to protect himself and his property." According to authorities, the man had been in the county jail 12 times in the past 3 years. His alleged accomplice was later arrested and charged with burglary. (Savannah Morning News, Savannah, GA, 12/15/2005)

Police say that Kevin Doncaster was chatting with a grocery store manager when a man ran by and doused them with pepper spray. Figuring the attacker was stealing something, Doncaster chased him into the parking lot and was sprayed again. What Doncaster didn't know was that the man, armed with a Taser, had just forced a woman into a bathroom stall while her 2-year-old granddaughter watched. Several people came to her rescue and were pepper-sprayed by the assialant as he fled. Doncaster drew a handgun and told the man that if he sprayed him again, he would be injured. "He really wasn't expecting anyone to have a weapon except for himself," said Doncaster, who detained the man until police arrived. The suspect is charged with aggravated assault with the intent to rape and murder. (Statesboro Herald, Statesboro, GA 10/17/2005)

Note: this story illustrates how good gun laws work. Criminals are prohibited from having firearms, so if they don't buy a gun illegally, they often choose to use a knife or other weapon. A properly-trained lawflu CCW holder is then in control when the criminal chooses to strike because knives, Tasers and pepper spray are simply no match for a firearm with a full magazine. Similarly, this disadvantage for the criminal is why a one-shot weapon like a Taser is not enough of a right for a lawful citizen--it does you no good against a group of assailants.

A family received an abrupt awakening when three or four burglars forcefully entered the back door, setting off a security alarm in the homeowner's bedroom. Police say the homeowner, Brian Harper, armed himself with a handgun and hid behind his bedroom door so he could assess the situation while his wife phoned police. One of the intruders spotted Harper who, recognizing he was in a threatening situation, fired several shots. The intruder, a convicted felon, was found dead in a nearby yard with a pistol lying near his body. (The Collierville Herald, Collierville, TN, 12/22/2005)

A 23-year-old woman was home alone when a man kicked in her door and entered the residence. According to police, when her dog started barking, she grabbed her 9mm handgun from the nightstand and fired at teh man as he entered her bedroom, causing him to flee the scene. "She kept a gun there to protect herself when she's home alone, and it turned out to be a good decision," said Starkville, Miss., police Sgt. Bill Lott. The man, who got into a car with two other males, remained at large. It was unclear whether he had been shot, but no blood was found at the scene. (The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, MS, 12/23/2005)

Paul Thrift awoke to noises in his home and found that his electricity and phone lines were not working. According to police, he then confronted two brothers who had broken in using a boat anchor. When the intruders tried to enter Thrift's bedroom, he fired several shots at the armed older brother, critically injuring him. The younger brother, who was not shot, ran from the home, but was apprehended a short time later and asked if his brother was still alive. According to police, he told them, "Me and [my brother] were just riding around and [he] told me he wanted to go break into somebody's home." Thrift's wife said it was a terrifying ordeal, but hopes it will teach somebody a lesson about breaking into an occupied home. (Channel 4 News, Jacksonville, FL, 12/29/2005)

Police still don't know the motive behind a bizarre incident in an apartment complex. Investigators say a man punched and broke a 6-ft. tall globe light in the courtyard. Shortly thereafter, he beat down an apartment door, waking Jason Smith and his wife, neither of whom knew the man. Smith, armed with a handgun, confronted the intruder and a struggle ensued. It ended when Smith fired his pistol, killing the man. (The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ, 12/06/2005).

Want even more stories? Visit the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work,
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail,
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts),
Opposition to CA AB 2062,
Knife Control?!,
Protecting Children through Gun Control?,
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy,
A Contrast to VA Tech.

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Why no one should support gun control.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

How about that Paul Ryan guy?

Paul Ryan is a fantastic Vice Presidential choice.  Honestly, I think I'd prefer him in the top slot.  Romney would make a great VP.  Democrats are pretending to be excited about his selection.
After trying--and failing--to make Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) the Republican bogeyman throughout 2010 and 2011, Democrats are now telling the world that they are thrilled Mitt Romney has chosen him as his running mate, because they can run against Ryan's ideas, including his proposed entitlement reforms. But no one should take such adolescent displays seriously--firstly, because if Barack Obama could win by running on the issues, he would be doing so already; and second, because such pretenses at glee are a Democrat tradition.
Smart Democrats, however, should be very worried about this choice.
Ryan has pointed out to me that no Republican has carried his district for president since Ronald Reagan in 1984. “I have held hundreds of town-hall meetings in my district explaining why we have to take bold reform steps, and I’ve found treating people like adults works,” he told me...

Ryan’s ideas aren’t that novel or scary. The idea of “premium support” for Medicare, which would change the program’s one-size-fits-all policy to a private-insurance model with public options, was endorsed by a bipartisan commission appointed by Bill Clinton back in the 1990s. Late last year, Ryan announced a new version of his proposal with a new partner signing on: Democratic senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who first achieved political prominence as an advocate for seniors.
 More here.  Ryan's smart, capable, has good ideas and he understands math.  That should scare the daylights out of President Obama.

Penn Jillette on Compassion

Penn Jillette and I would disagree about faith.  Other than that, we'd very likely get along quite well.
It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.

People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.
Source here.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Armed Citizen

After finding a muddy footprint on her back porch and hearing glass break, Susan Buxton was convinced that someone was in her home. According to police, she searched each closet until, finally, as she pulled open the one nearest her front door, she saw a man's face peering out from underneath a coat. "Shh," he pleaded. Buxton told her granddaughter to call 9-1-1 and ordered the intruder to lie flat on the floor, or she'd shoot. The home invader then did something he likely regrets: He reached for the 66-year-old woman's .38-cal. revolver. She fired once, hitting the intruder's leg. "Ow, you shot me!" he cried out before fleeing. The man, whom police say eluded them by hiding in Buxton's home after stealing a pickup truck, was apprehended on a balcony a few houses away. "If I didn't have a gun to protect myself, I probably wouldn't be here," Buxton said. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Arlington, TX, 11/10/2005)

Note: Protecting one's children, or grandchildren, is a basic right of defense as ancient as picking up a stick. Many States now recognize the right to self-defense whether in home or away from it. A few states, including much of California, don't. This image comes from the right to carry movement in Illinois.

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Harry Carpenter suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and wears oxygen tubes for much of the day, but that didn't stop him from fending off two knife-wielding burglars. Police say two young men barged into his home, one forcing him at knifepoint to sit on a couch while the other demanded money from his wife, Jackie. When Jackie pretended to faint, Harry's captor went to investigate. Harry sneaked into the laundry room where he kept an unloaded .22-cal. rifle he's owned since his youth. "I shot many a squirrel with that thing," he said later. The intruder returned before Harry could load his firearm, but Harry racked the bolt home as if it were loaded. "He yelled out, 'Let's go, he's got a gun!'" Harry recalled. The suspects fled the scene and were being sought by police. (Savannah Morning News, Savannah, GA, 11/19/2005)

George Swita, who served in Gen. Patton's Third Army in World War II, brought back a German Luger that was on a truck full of captured German arms. Though he kept the pistol clean, he no longer used it for target practice. He began carrying it between his home and vehicle, however, after an assailant hit him in the face and stole $60 from his wallet. It was a decision that may have saved his life. Police say an attacker grabbed Swita around the neck as he unlocked his front door. Swita fired two shots, hitting the crook in the head and killing him. "Was I scared? You bet, both times!" Swita said. (The Vindicator, Youngstown, OH, 11/01/2005)

Police say three men broke into a couple's residence with baseball bats and a gun in search of prescription drugs, but all they left with was a lesson from an armed citizen. Two of the men allegedly ordered the couple and their visiting family members to the floor while a third suspect stole the medications. Meanwhile, a family member in another room heard the commotion and armed himself with a firearm. He entered the room and fired several shots at the intruder who was holding the victim's relatives at gunpoint, hitting him once in the torso. Two men fled in a car and were apprehended by police. The wounded man was found collapsed in the street. The trio faces charges of home invasion, robbery and kidnapping. "They were very threatening to the family," said St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar. "[The man who was shot] had the gun to the wife's head." (The St. Augustine Record, St. Augustine, FL, 11/05/2005)

After an armed burglar stole $100 from his home, Angel Benitez took a self-defense class and obtained a concealed-carry permit. "This year, I'm going to prepare myself," Benitez recalled saying to himself. And, according to police, he did just that when he heard the screams of his friend, Carmen Ramos. Benitez found a man pointing a gun at Ramos. "When I saw the gun, I fired," said Benitez. "He could have killed my friend." Ramos' daughter, who was watching television, thought her mother had been shot, but then saw the burglar stumble out the door. "He was yelling 'Ow, ow!'" she recalled. A man with a gunshot wound later arrived at the hospital, but police were still investigating whether he was the intruder. (The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, 11/18/2005)

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Want even more stories? Visit the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work,
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail,
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts),
Opposition to CA AB 2062,
Knife Control?!,
Protecting Children through Gun Control?,
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy,
A Contrast to VA Tech.

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Why no one should support gun control.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Perspective: Are firearm murders a significant statistic?

Bruce McQuain wrote an excellent post on the statistics of firearms murders.  Citing Michael Wade, he quotes:
Again, [the] assumptions [made in the post] make that percentage much higher than it actually is since (a) undoubtedly more households have firearms but don’t report them, (b) households with firearms will typically have more than just one, and may have several, (c) one firearm likely accounted for more than one of the 8,775 murders, and (d) the vast majority of the murders were likely committed with firearms that were illegally possessed!

Even so, slightly more than one one-thousandth of one percent of gun owners is the highest amount you are going to be able to implicate in murder by firearm, despite all the generous assumptions made in favor of the gun control side.

That does not speak to a winning argument IMHO.
 Read the whole post here:  http://www.conservativecommune.com/2012/08/perspective-are-firearm-murders-a-significant-statistic/

According to Gary Kleck, Ph.D. one of the foremost authorities on firearms statistics,  "depending on which figures you prefer to use, anywhere from 800,000 on up to 2.4, 2.5 million defensive uses of guns against human beings -- not against animals -- by civilians each year."  Full interview available here.  Even using the lowest defensive use figure of 800,000 per year, that means for each murder committed with a firearm, over 90 people protected themselves from predatory criminals by defensive presentation of a firearm, often without a shot being fired.  That's 90 good guys preventing a rape, murder or robbery for every bad guy killing someone.  Given those numbers, mandating training and lawful carry of a personal firearm makes far more sense than gun control.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Proof in a Single Sentence That Guns Don't Kill People, Gun Control Kills People

This brilliant find by The Mental Recession blog is terribly brutal and makes my heart ache for the victims, but also incredibly illustrative:
Tucked away in a Huffington Post article about the motivation behind the horrific shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is this statement (h/t Ben Howe):

"The dead included temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was shot as he tried to fend off the shooter with a butter knife."
If I could go back in time and hand the man my own firearm so he could defend himself against his maniacal assailant, I would.  No human should ever be left to defend his life and his loved ones with a butter knife.  It's inhumane.  It's disgusting.  It's a violation of the unalienable right of self-defense.  And it's the reality gun control advocates would force on every one of us.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Armed Citizen

I have no deep thoughts this week. While the case for the 2nd Amendment should be made with the simple question, "How much do you really trust your government, past, present and future?" I'm actually focused on something more immediate at the moment. Events in my own neighborhood have made a more active neighborhood watch desirable, and I find myself wishing my sheriff were more generous in his CCW issuance policy. I've actually now sent him copies of Sheriff Mack's relevant books in the hopes that where activist citizens might be ignored, the opinions of another Sheriff might have some weight.

At first, nothing seemed unusual about the man inquiring about a DVD player at a Bucks County, Pa., pawnshop and check-cashing business. But 10 minutes minutes after he left, he returned with two accomplices, one of whom pointed a gun at the store owner. When a female employee sought refuge behind a steel door, the gun-toting man fired several shots at her. Outnumbered, the store owner drew his gun and fired, striking two of the intruders, including the man who was armed. One suspect lay injured on the floor until paramedics arrived, while his accomplices fled only to be apprehended by police. The store owner suffered a gunshot wound to his hand. "Certainly this should send a message to anyone who wants to carry out a crime in Bucks County that you can't go around terrorizing people. You may find yourself on the other end ...," said District Attorney Diane Gibbons. (Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, PA, 08/26/2005)

Following the burglary of her apartment, a Georgia woman refused to be victimized again. She purchased a firearm for protection, and it was not a moment too soon. Police say that a man began climbing into her bathroom window late one night, but she was able to fend him off with her gun by shooting him several times. He stumbled out of die apartment and forced his way into an occupied BMW. The driver later told police that the suspect said, "I need a ride to the hospital because I've been shot. Don't stop because I'm going to jail." Upon his release from the hospital, police planned to charge the alleged burglar, whom they also considered a suspect in the previous break-in at the woman's apartment. (Savannah Morning News, Savannah, GA, 08/25/0205)

What sounded like an explosion outside a Michigan mans home set off a bizarre chain of events. According to police, when the homeowner looked out his window around 2 a.m., he saw that a Jeep had crashed into his garage. Armed with a handgun, he went outside and found a man trying to dislodge the vehicle. A yelling match ensued and the man drove off, but returned with his lights off. The homeowner, fearful diat the driver was trying to hit him or run him over, hid ; behind a car, and the suspect accelerated and smashed into it twice. The homeowner then fired four shots at the Jeep, but his gun jammed, so he ran inside to retrieve another firearm while his wife and neighbors phoned police. When the homeowner returned, the driver of the Jeep accelerated toward him so he fired two more shots at the vehicle. The driver, whose vehicle was riddled with bullet holes, then left the subdivision and was apprehended by police. (Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 09/13/2005)

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When an armed citizen confronted an alleged burglar inside his northern Virginia home early one morning, police say the intruder ran from the family room to the bedroom of the homeowner's teenage daughter. A struggle ensued and ended when the homeowner shot the intruder in the face. The suspect fled on foot, but was arrested at the hospital when he sought treatment. (Arlington Sun Gazette, Arlington, VA, 09/01/2005)

Ice-cream vendor Christopher Sanders, who has a concealed carry permit, told police he was selling in his usual territory when a man flagged him down and asked for a ride. When Sanders told him "no," the man allegedly tried to open the vans sliding door, which was locked, and then tried to reach in an open window on the passenger side. Sanders grabbed a handgun from behind a seat, pointed it at the alleged perpetrator and told him to get his hands out of the vehicle. The man uttered an expletive and left while Sanders phoned police. As Sanders waited for an officer to arrive, the man returned and walked toward him with his hands in his pockets. Police say Sanders yelled at the man to show his hands, and two witnesses saw the suspect throw a knife on the ground. The alleged criminal was found by police, arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked for a previously issued misdemeanor warrant. (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA, 09/07/2005)

After an Idaho woman went outside her home to investigate a strange noise, she found a former co-worker hiding in the bushes. He told her his pickup truck had broken down and he needed a lift home. She reluctantly agreed and took a .380-caliber handgun with her. Police say that when they reached the co-worker's driveway, he began to assault her. "He grabbed her and physically attacked her and told her she was coming with him," said Sheriffs Capt. John Valdez. The woman drew her gun and shot the man in the abdomen, killing him. An autopsy of the assailant, who was a registered sex offender, showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .26 percent. Investigators say his truck was later found near the woman's home, and it appeared that its engine was intentionally disabled. (Associated Press, 09/17/2005)

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Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work,
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail,
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts),
Opposition to CA AB 2062,
Knife Control?!,
Protecting Children through Gun Control?,
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy,
A Contrast to VA Tech.

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Why no one should support gun control.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Woman, 65, Shoots at Would-be Jewelry Store Robbers in Garden Grove

This is how the 2nd Amendment works.  Having watched too much TV, thugs often believe they'll meet no resistance as long as they're armed.  When a lawful armed citizen proves them wrong, they'll usually flee.


There's no way this would have turned out better if the store owner had not been armed.