Saturday, July 11, 2015
A Thought on Gun Free Zones
She probably was surprised, as I think people have an image of who carries a weapon for self defense, and it's not a fair skinned redheaded grandmother. Sure, I'm welcome in an official capacity, but that is not the point. The point is protection, off duty, as the criminally deranged aren't going to heed their request.
I remember this Far Side cartoon where two middle aged women in a car, are slowing to look at a hitchiker, one with a hook for a hand, I think and one says to the other something to the effect of "where's your sense of adventure".
It's not always that easy. Evil often wears the face of an angel.
Our local theater is now "gun free", which simply means that in addition to paying too much for popcorn, I'm a fish in a barrel for anyone that wants to walk in and harm me. The mall is also a "gun free zone".
So I avoid it like the black plague "gun free zones" and hit locally owned places, smaller stores that appreciate my business, concealed or not. Malls are scary enough as it is, sale racks of ugly ties, teenagers with credit cards wearing baggy pants a Kodiak bear could fit into, tacos at the food court.
Go there without a means to protect myself.? No thank you.
Gun free. Think about it. Think about some famous gun free places.
Columbine High School.
New York City pizza shop.
Pearl Mississippi High School.
The Amish school in Pennsylvania.
We can now add the horror that was an outing for friends and families in Aurora, Colorado and a peaceful church in South Carolina to the list. And the list goes on and on, especially if you add in the mass murders in other "gun free" countries.
Heller is a step in the right direction but we still have a long ways to go, and we need to continue to educate and inform. Guns aren't the evil here, people are the evil. Certainly the media didn't fault Ryder truck regulations or ammonia nitrate restrictions, or a "cult of agriculture fertilizer" following Timothy McVeigh's horrific crime in Oklahoma City. No one debated the essential dangers of hardware and kitchen appliances after Jeffery Dahmer mutilated and consumed his victims or metal bedposts when Ted Bundy brutally raped and murdered dozens of defenseless women. Ted Bundy never used a gun; unfortunately, neither did any of his victims.
I believe it was Albert Einstein who said- "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
Nobel Economist Friedrich Hayek termed it a "fatal conceit" and some politicians have had a bad case of it, believing they can change the world with their God- like legal attestation as to what THEY think our rights are. But the fatal conceit is not metaphoric, it's literal. People die because social-control laws do not stop criminals but simply prevent law abiding citizens from protecting themselves and those under their care.
So "gun control" only "controls" law abiding adults who don’t need to be controlled. Arguments for gun control build their basis on a lie. The National Coalition to Ban Handguns claims, "most murders are committed by previously law abiding citizens," and there are other articles asserting such falsehoods without any supporting references other than going back to their own earlier articles. University of Colorado criminologist Desmond Elliott summarized violent crime studies dating back to the 1800s: "the vast majority of persons involved in life-threatening violence have a long criminal record". Professor Elliott’s summary was written in he 1990s.
More recent recent criminological studies from the Hastings Law Journal (University of California at San Francisco): "Only 15% of Americans have criminal records. But more than 90 percent of murderers do. Murderers’ crime careers average six or more years’ length and including four major adult felonies, not counting their often extensive juvenile records".
In summary, guns or no guns, those that commit the more serious violent crimes are not the ordinary law abiding responsible adults. This is so invariably found by homicide studies that is is considered a "criminological axiom" that almost all that commit violent crimes are long term criminals or the criminally insane.
When only the peaceable people obey the gun laws, the law's protection is futilely limited. Compare Chicago and Indianapolis, both cities in which I work and live. Chicago has 3 times the population of Indianapolis. But, so in the year before concealed carry was finally allowed it had 5 times the murder rate. Both are Midwest cities, both have unemployment and gangs. The difference , as I see it? In Indianapolis you can carry a concealed weapon to defend yourself and the bad guys know it. Compare that to Chicago, where concealed carry was only recently allowed. By every testament of the anti gun crowd, Chicago should have been the safest city on the planet. Tell that to the 62 year old grandfather who was beaten to death by three teens that year while he was out collecting cans to help buy his wife a new dress to wear to their son's wedding. Tell that to the young female restaurant worker who was beaten with a claw hammer and left for dead. Their only crime was not having any sort of legal weapon of defense.
So until the next step is taken, I will not shop in gun free malls or gun free stores. I may be one lone woman, but I'm a lone consumer with a fair amount of discretionary income. Add us all up, and that is some buying power.
Academically and professionally, I've studied the insanity of fate and the methodology of greed and evil. It has a plan and a preferred environment where its prey can not fight back. Embrace the facts and spread the word, take your business elsewhere. And tell them why.
Posted by Brigid at 3:19 PM