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LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE ARE AT THE MERCY OF CRIMINALS
One of the interesting exercises that people can perform is to ask police why they have guns. The standard answer is that police have guns to protect themselves against criminals. What is funny is the completely illogical response of police when they are then asked why law-abiding citizens are prohibited from owning guns to protect themselves against criminals. Police and politicians do not seem to understand that in virtually all cases when crimes are committed against law-abiding citizens, police are not present to protect them, therefore those law-abiding citizens must suffer deprivation and sometimes death because they have no means to protect themselves.
The sheer stupidity and lack of logic of this attitude is mindblowing and yet even when politicians are confronted with this situation, they seem to lose all vestige of commonsense and coherent rationality when debating this issue. They are happy enough to mandate that police carry guns for protection, but seem to go into paroxyms of denial when law-abiding citizens ask for the same level of protection for themselves.
Obviously guns can be deadly, but at the end of the day, they are merely implements and are only dangerous in the hands of idiots and criminals. However, there is a broader political and legal issue in regard to firearms and for the gun control proponents, a short study of history of gun control is necessary.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights. It holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
RESULTS OF GUN CONTROL IN VARIOUS NATIONS
- Turkey established gun control in 1911.
From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
- The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929.
From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935.
From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938.
From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956.
From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964.
From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970.
From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenceless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION FACTS
The World Health Organisation has compiled a list of nations in order of number of firearm murders per 100,000 citizens, as follows:
El Salvador 69.2
Cote d'lvoire 56.9
US Virgin Islands 39.2
Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.2
Trinidad and Tobago 35.0
South Africa 31.8
Central African Republic 29.3
Puerto Rico 26.2
Saint Lucia 25.2
Dominican Republic 25.0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9
Republic of the Congo 21.7
Equatorial Guinea 20.7
Burkina Faso 18.0
North Korea 15.2
Sierra Leone 14.9
French Guiana 13.3
Papua New Guinea 13.0
Cape Verde 11.6
Costa Rica 10.1
Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7
British Virgin Islands 8.6
Cayman Islands 8.4
Antigua and Barbuda 6.8
United States of America 4.2
All the countries above the USA have 100% gun bans. It is very significant to see that Switzerland, which did not even make the list, has virtually no firearm murder occurrence. However, Switzerland's laws require that everyone owns a gun and maintains regular marksmanship skills and firearms qualifications regularly. This policy has been in force since well before World War Two and probably is one of the main reasons that the Nazis did not invade Switzerland. After all, it doesn't matter how many troops an invader has, he will never conquer a nation significantly outnumbered by a population with every citizen trained and armed and hanging out of every doorway and window and ready to use those arms.
GUN CONTROL IN AUSTRALIA
In 2007, gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. This is what happened in the first 12 months after that this new law was put into force:
- Australia-wide, homicides went up 3.2%.
- Australia-wide, assaults went up 8.6%.
- Australia-wide, armed robberies went up 44% (yes, 44%).
- In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300%. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
- While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the 12 months that the new gun laws were put into force, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.
- There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort, and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.
The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost inperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.
THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT GUN OWNERSHIP
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. With guns, we are citizens. Without them, we are subjects. In fact, during World War II the Japanese decided not to invade the USA because they knew most Americans were armed!
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defence. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. Here are some interesting tips and anecdotes to illustrate the importance of being able to protect oneself.
- Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.
- If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
- Carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.
- When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
- A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognised the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him, "Why do you carry a 45?" The Ranger responded, "Because they don't make a 46."
- Armed people will kill unarmed people with monotonous regularity.
- The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. "Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?" 'No Ma'am, the Sheriff replied, "If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle."
- Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!
- A man was once asked by a lady visiting if he had a gun in the house. He said that he did.
She said, "Well I certainly hope it isn't loaded!"
The man replied, "Of course it is loaded, it can't work without bullets!"
She then asked, "Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?"
The man's reply was, "No, not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too."
To which he added, "Having a gun in the house that isn't loaded is like having a car in the garage without fuel in the tank."
CRIMINALS LOVE GUN CONTROL
The problem with disarming the population is that only law-abiding people submit to this and are thus rendered defenceless against armed criminals, who don't care about the law and do not surrender their firearms. When a law-abiding population is disarmed, criminals know that there is very little chance of them being injured or killed, so they are not deterred from committing all sorts of heinous crimes.
For instance, home invasion is a prevalent form of crime in Australia. Criminals know that people have no firearms or other reasonably effective means to protect themselves against home invaders, so they make easy targets. It is interesting to note that home invasions are almost unheard of in the USA and Switzerland, where personal gun ownership is very high. Robbers generally don't invade homes with armed residents, knowing there is a huge chance that they could be shot and killed.
THE DETERRENCE EFFECT OF ARMED CITIZENS
Another interesting occurrence was the release of the Charles Bronson movie 'Death Wish', where the hero set out to avenge the death of his family by muggers by setting himself up as a target and gunning muggers down. Statistics show that in New York City, the rate of muggings fell by over 90% in the first week that 'Death Wish' was screened. The same thing happened after train passenger Bernhard Goetz shot four attackers - muggings on trains literally ceased completely.
In NSW Australia, after a Dural art gallery owner shot dead a notorious armed robber who had a massive record of armed robberies and assaults, such crimes almost vanished completely for months. This and many similar incidents just prove that when robbers know that people have the means to protect themselves, they are far more hesitant to commit crimes against them.
GUN CONTROL IS DEADLY
Leaving the law-abiding citizenry defenceless against armed criminals is a crime in itself and governments need to be pressured into repealing gun control laws and prohibitions as soon as possible.