Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bad Guys Don't Obey Gun Laws

My heart goes out to the mourning families of the Sandy Hook school shooting.  I am a mother.  I feel outrage and despair at the thought of my children being victimized in such a way.  I cannot imagine the pain the Sandy Hook families are suffering at this moment.  

But I am troubled as I read and hear the cultural dialogue taking place on how to solve the problem of shooting spree violence that has become an all-too-well-known fixture in our society.  In the devastating aftermath of another tragic shooting,  President Obama and gun control advocates seek to ban more guns and tighten restriction regulations.  This move may appeal to the fear and anguish Americans feel on the heels of such a senseless and preventable event, but more regulation and restrictions will not create safety.

Let's just take a moment, take a deep breath, and think clearly about a very real truth:  Criminals don't obey gun laws.  The gun restrictions placed upon all of us will not be adhered to by any person bent on committing evil acts of violence.  They will continue to pursue their evil exploits and will continue to be unimpeded.

Outlawing guns will not protect your children, it will further victimize them.  Guns are banned on government school property.  Did that save the lives of those precious children at Sandy Hook?  What would have saved the lives of many, if not most of the Sandy Hook children?  A trained and armed school principal and teachers willing to conceal carry would have saved those children.  Having competent armed adults in every school would greatly reduce, if not eliminate shooting sprees. 

Deterrents work.  Why do crazed shooters attack in schools, stores, government buildings, places of worship?  Because those buildings ban firearms.  The attackers know they will meet with little resistance, that the place is full of sitting ducks.  Resistance stops deadly force...a defensive attack by a good citizen with a concealed handgun can end the victimization of innocents.  

Outlawing guns will abolish our inalienable and Constitutional right to self defense and our responsibility to protect the innocent in our society.  Anti-gun advocates want you to believe that the existence of guns makes us all potential victims and that armed citizens cannot and will not deter or stop shooters from taking innocent lives.  That is simply not factual.  Study the cultures who have disarmed their populaces...look at the crime statistics.  Study history, study deterrents.  The anti-gun mainstream media neglects to report the stories of heroic good citizens standing against attackers.  The media spins shooting stories to create an emotional frenzy and secure further public anti-gun sentiment.  

The mainstream media is not publicizing the fact that most of these school shooters are on psychotropic drugs (that's right...the drugs, like ritalin, that teachers insist upon for students).  The mainstream media neglects to remind the public that disarming populations has resulted in horrific historic massacres:
  • 1911 – Turkey disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1915 – 1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians.
  • 1929 – Russia disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1929 – 1953 they murdered 20 million Russians.
  • 1935 – China disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1948 – 1952 they murdered 20 million Chinese.
  • 1938 – Germany disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1939 – 1945 they murdered 16 million Jews.
  • 1956 – Cambodia disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1975 – 1977 they murdered 1 million Educated people.
  • 1964 – Guatamala disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1964 – 1981 they murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians.
  • 1970 – Uganda disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1971 – 1979 they murdered 300,000 Christians.
Additionally, "Australia has disarmed it’s citizens, and a year later the homicide rate in the largest province is up 300%. The burglaries of seniors is dramatically up."

Are we surprised that we don't always get all the facts and complete veracity in our news?  Subject to the same flaws and foibles as all humans, members of the media lie, as do government officials.  

Disarming citizens will not make us safer.  But disarming the populace will ensure that good people cannot protect the innocent.  We have a human responsibility to be good neighbors...good citizens...and to protect one another from harm.  It is not just the job of an elite is OUR job.  It isn't even possible for armed officers to protect all of us all the time.  Do you ever hear stories of shootings where the police arrived before the evil was able to ensue?  If they aren't on the scene when the gunman shows up, they are impotent to protect you and your children.  Isn't it right that responsible citizens be armed and ready to do the job?

When evil comes after you and your family with guns blazing or knives slashing, how will you defend yourself, or other innocent lives, if you have not the means to do so?  Will you hide well enough?  Will you run fast enough?  How well will that work?  Disarming law-abiding, willing-to-fight citizens just creates more victims.  It is not someone else's job to protect my is mine.  I believe in...and will stand up fundamental right to do so.

As much as I hate to accept it, the truth is that a world without violence is simply impossible...and a world without guns is simply unrealistic.  What we'll end up with is a world where only the bad guys and the government (sometimes they are the same) have guns.  Is that really a safe outcome for the rest of us?

School Shooters on Psychotropic Drugs

Majority of School Shootings Linked to Psych Meds
The Drugging of Our Children (DVD documentary)
Media Covers Up News of Second Shooter
Twists and Turns in the Sandy Hook "Story"
The Problem is the Troubled People, Not the Guns
The Madness of Disarming Good Citizens
25 Facts the Mainstream Media Doesn't Want to Talk About...