Written on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Nathaniel Davidson
In the news, we have yet another massacre—Patriots’ hearts go out to the families of 26 victims of Adam Lanza at a Newtown, CT, elementary school. It’s hardly the first massacre in living memory in this country. Earlier this year, on July 20, 2012, a thug murdered 12 people and injured 58 others in the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, CO. Another infamous massacre occurred at Virginia Tech, where 32 people were butchered on April 16, 2007. Even further back was the brutal massacre at Columbine High School, CO, where two schoolboys murdered 12 and injured 21. This occurred on April 20, 1999, deliberately chosen by the killers to coincide with the 110th anniversary of Hitler’s birth.
And every time, leftist gun control freaks like the Brady Campaign call for more restrictions on guns. Because a thug misuses a gun, we should confiscate guns from law- abiding people. This would be like saying: ‘Drunk drivers kill, so let’s confiscate cars from good drivers’.
But like all leftist rhetoric, gun control is all emotion and no thought. One thing all those gun massacres had in common was: they were all committed in gun-free zones! What? How could this be? Weren’t these massacres committed by guns?
Yes indeed. However, anyone with half a brain could discern the simple truth: lawbreakers will, by definition, not obey anti-gun laws! Indeed, the CT school murderer violated at least 3 statutes already in place. All that happened was that their victims were unarmed.
Think about it. If the gun-control zealots were right, gun shops, shooting ranges, and NRA meetings would be killing fields. But in reality, they are very safe. Thugs who want to commit mass murder won’t pick a place where most “victims” can shoot back.
Israeli government schools arm their teachers, so such gun massacres don’t occur. But here’s an even better idea: Patriots should pull their kids out of the government schools. It’s not just that they are unionized Democrat-indoctrination centers, although that’s bad enough. It’s also not likely that thugs will try to hurt homeschooled children when Mom could be packing heat.
There are many examples of guns saving lives, and what’s more, in most cases, they don’t even need to be fired. Criminals are thugs, and many of them are not very bright. But they make rational decisions from their own perspective. They want to maximize their own likely gain, and minimize likely costs. Thus if they think they are likely to be shot, they are less likely to commit that crime. See this brief clip from the astute John Stossel, including statements from jailed felons that they fear an armed victim more than the police:
Sure, the good police can arrive in minutes, but you may have only seconds. A bullet from your gun will stop the thug before the police arrive. Far better to have a dead low-life from your bullet than have police conscientiously writing a report about your murdered body.
This has also been true internationally. Switzerland has 45.7 guns for every 100 residents, but only 6.4 gun deaths for every 100,000 people every year. Indeed, in 2001, the liberal BBC admitted, “ the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.” In the opposite direction, Australia banned guns after a massacre (of unarmed citizens again). The result?
“Since the gun ban in Australia, armed robberies are up 69%, assaults with guns up 28%, gun murders increased 19%, and home invasions jumped 21%.”
The same thing happened in the UK, as Thomas Sowell writes:
“It was in the later decades of the 20th century that the British government clamped down with severe gun control laws, disarming virtually the entire law-abiding citizenry. Gun crimes, including murder, rose as the public was disarmed. Meanwhile, murder rates in the United States declined during the same years when murder rates in Britain were rising, which were also years when Americans were buying millions more guns per year.”
Not too long before the horrible CT school massacre, there was an attempted robbery at the car parts retail giant AutoZone, in York County, Virginia. One dreg of humanity, who may well have been the “fake beard bandit” responsible for 30 robberies, pulled a gun on the staff. One of the employees, Devin McClean, a 23-year-old Air Force veteran, managed to bolt out a side door. He retrieved his Glock 40 from his truck, then returned and pointed it at the thug, ordering him to freeze and drop his weapon. This thug fled the scene, so no one was hurt or robbed.
Sheriff J.D. Diggs called him a hero, adding:
“He did a very brave thing. He put himself in jeopardy in an attempt to make sure his friend was safe.”
But a few days later, a self-righteous liberal paper-pushing weasel in the corporate office fired this hero, citing a “zero tolerance” on guns.
“The company has now sent a message to every would-be robber out there—‘Hey we’re open for business and unarmed. Come on in and take our money.’”
Sure enough, this is exactly what happened! On December 7, an AutoZone store in Austell, GA, was robbed at gunpoint.
So I call upon Patriots to join the AutoZone boycott! For one thing, they have made stores less safe for customers. For another, they have shown their contempt for American gun rights. The motto should be NO GUNS= NO BUSINESS. The boycott should last until they not only rehire Devin, but promote him for his bravery. They also should fire the liberal “rules-is-rules” meathead who fired Devin. For one thing, just on commercial grounds—he has cost AutoZone thousands of customers, and for another, only this way can Patriots be sure that AutoZone has learned its lesson.
All of the above, while important, should not detract from the foundational reason the Founders recognized the right to bear arms: so “We the People” could defend ourselves against tyrants! Last century was marred by horrific mass democides, Prof. Rudy Rummel’s term for murders of people by their own government, including a number of megademocides (mega– = 1 million). And all were preceded by the government disarming its citizens! See Bill Whittle explain:
Gun control laws will not control lawbreakers or tyrants with guns. Instead, they make law-abiding citizens defenceless. The Founders wrote the Second Amendment for a very good reason!