Thursday, July 26, 2012

More Guns? Are you kidding me??

A few years ago while sitting at breakfast with the chief of police from my town of Londonderry, NH, I expressed concern over the fact that a home in my neighborhood had been recently burglarized. Now in our bedroom community of Londonderry, New Hampshire, any type of crime was a rarity. But, since I lived about 15-min. from the police station, I wanted to know what the police response time would have been if someone were trying to break into my home or threaten my family. Chief Ryan gave me a deadpan look like "Are you serious?" and then said in a matter-of-fact manner that the best that the Londonderry Police Dept. could do would be to show up to take a report. He went on to tell me that rather than trusting in my local police to protect me, I'd be better off purchasing a gun and learning how to use it. True story! Thank-you Chief Ryan for the wake-up call!

Since that time, when I hear people calling for the removal of guns from the hands of citizens--who do they think is going to protect them? These same elitist liberals will tell you to call 911 if you're being threatened, or if your house is being burglarized. But, if you live in a major metropolitan area with someone breaking into your home to rape you or even murder you, guess what? You would be dead before the police show up at your door. All they'll do is take a report and place a chalk mark outline where your body was found. The same can be said for a small bedroom community of 25,000 like Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Last Friday, immediately following the Century theater massacre by lone gunman, James Holmes, the nanny mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg (who will never allow a tragedy to go without being used to advance his political agenda) began calling for more gun-control laws. Now this is the same elitist mayor who wants to limit the size of sodas in NYC to 16 oz. or less. If we don't need guns, then I challenge Mayor Bloomberg to give up his security and make sure that his police detail no longer carry guns. Why should he have all this extra protection when he wants to deny every other American the same right?

Economist John R. Lott has written a book, "More Guns, Less Crime" where he makes a convincing argument that allowing people to own or carry guns deter violent crime. Lott presents data that armed citizens stop crimes. The more armed citizens you have, the lower your rate of violent crime -- criminals are stupid, but they're rational, and they don't want to get shot any more than you do.

John Lott writes: "Concealed handgun laws reduce violent crime for two reasons. First, they reduce the number of attempted crimes because criminals are uncertain which potential victims can defend themselves. Second, victims who have guns are in a much better position to defend themselves."

Virginia Tech students praying after the shooting rampage
Along with Aurora, Colorado, there is also the Virginia Tech massacre that occurred on April 16, 2007 where 33 people were killed in a deadly rampage by another lone gunman.

Here's what both the Virginia Tech shooting and the Aurora, Colorado shootings have in common. Both locations were "gun-free zones." No fire arms allowed, no concealed weapons allowed even with a permit. The problem with "gun-free zones" is that killers and other criminals could care less if Virginia Tech or the Century Theater in Aurora, Colorado is a gun-free zone or not.

At both tragedies: Virginia Tech and the Century Theater shootings--had students and movie-goers been allowed to carry concealed weapons, there would most likely have been far fewer people killed. Do you mean to tell me that if several movie patrons at the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" had been packing concealed guns, that James Holmes would not have been taken out, and the death toll and number of injuries would have been greatly reduced? And when the deadliest campus massacre in the U.S. took place at Virginia Tech where 33 were killed and 16 were wounded, do you mean to tell me that if students and professors had been packing concealed weapons--that some student or professor would not have taken out the lone gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, and maybe far fewer individuals would have been killed or wounded?

So my contention is that we don't need fewer guns, we need to change local laws in every state so that more citizens can carry concealed weapons. If you don't agree, then next time you're in a situation where someone is pointing a gun at you and threatening your life, try calling 911 and see how that goes.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, Dale! It is actually a Christian Issue. How many pastors ever preach about Jesus words: "If you don't own a sword, sell your cloak and go buy one". Out of a group of my 10 closest male friends, 4 of them carry concealed and 3 of them have quick access to a gun at home.

    Simply: I refuse to be at the mercy of a bad person, nor do I abdicate the safety of my family to a system that only functions "after the fact". As a graduate of a police academy, I can tell you that after leaving police service, 99% of all former cops choose to carry concealed, as they know the real score. I've only met one in my life that didn't, and he was in service in the extreme northeast, with almost no crime (very few people), and never had to touch his weapon in 20 years. My children,when they are of age, will also carry, as I pass on my training to them.

    I got my permit and started carrying all of the time, because of 3 events. One block from my house, a bank robber with 17 banks under his belt was caught by a mob of federal, local and state law enforcement. He was armed and running all over my neighborhood, and lived one block away. 2nd) I've had death threats from a husband for helping his wife get away from his abuse. 3) Several rapes have occurred and 3 women have been tied up, beaten and robbed, here in the Keene area, by transient intruders. 4)I missed being in my bank at the time of an armed robbery, only because I was called last min to a hospital bedside, as I was driving to the bank. At that point I was already carrying. I'm actually grateful to have missed it.

    More police wont help. More armed citizens will. Armed Bank robbers will only try one time, not 17.

    If you are a responsible citizen, I challenge you to get your permit, get a pistol, and get some training.