Sunday, October 16, 2005

"Gun Control" Means Hitting Your Target

Let me start by stating that I don't own a gun. Even if it were within our budget, I'd have hell getting Julie to agree to keep one in the house. But we both agree that the U.S. Constitution explicitly allows citizens to own firearms.

In the linked commentary, Joseph Farah makes some excellent points. Here are the highlights:
In 1981, the court there held in Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Dec. 21, 1981) that neither the city nor police officials could be held liable for failure of police to respond properly to a request from victims for protection from attackers.

This was in response to police not adequately responding to a 911 call about a burglary, then not showing up for a follow-up call for over 14 hours. During this time frame, three women and a 4 year old girl were raped and held hostage in their apartment building. In other words, the cops came by once, didn't adequately sweep the building and thus failed to find the burglars, then never came back despite additional calls to 911. However, it was ruled, effectively, that this was just "one of those things" and no one could be considered at fault.

The point here is not to bash police officers or certain judges. The point is to underscore the fact that we cannot rely upon the government or any of its agencies to protect us 24/7. In a disaster situation such as hurricanes in Louisiana, earthquakes in California, or volcanoes in Oregon or Washington, citizens should be able to defend themselves against the gangs and thugs that will almost certainly arise in such circumstances when the normal law enforcement agencies are stretched to and beyond their breaking point.

In the meantime, Farah has a challenge that I'd love to see some left-wingers take up.
For those who are [pro-gun control], let me make a suggestion. Why don't you set an example for the rest of us and print up signs for your homes that say: "This is a firearm-free zone." This would represent a real service to the country. We can experiment to see if their thesis is correct. Does a reduction in firearms translate to a reduction in violence? This will be the test case.

I say, go for it. After all, what do you have to worry about? You've got the police and the government to protect you.

Hear, hear! And as LA Governor Blanco recently said of those in a similar situation, make sure you write your social security number on your forearms in indelible ink first.


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