There are places in America where is ILLEGAL…actually AGAINST THE LAW…to save the life of someone who is in danger.
Yes, you read that correctly. Imagine it being a crime to act as a first responder inside a first-aid-free zone. Politicians have passed laws that say “a person who possesses the instruments and skills to save lives may not, under threat of legal action, use their training and tools in these protected-zones”.
Does that sound ridiculous to you? Well, it does to me too. But, that is EXACTLY the reality of so-called “gun-free” zones.
Can a business owner welcome the public, yet tell his customers they can’t protect themselves?
I understand the property rights arguments, but I don’t condone so-called “gun-free” zones. What bothers me even more is that some states have passed laws making it a crime for a gun owner to enter an area “protected” by plastic signs. It is a crime for Good Guys with guns to stop Bad Guys on the other side of a plastic sign.
Stop! Stop right there.
You can’t enter because you have a medical kit in your purse. Medical accidents kill almost a half-million people a year, and this is a first-aid free zone.
You can’t enter here because you’ve been trained in fire rescue. There are thousands of structure fires each year, and we only want professionals to fight them. This is a fire-extinguisher-free zone.
You can’t go here because you know water rescue and CPR. Thousands of people drown each year. Lifeguards promote unsafe swimming so this is a lifeguard-free zone.
You. Stay. Out!
I’m as libertarian as the next person, but a property owner’s rights end where my rights begin. If a property owner claims the right to disarm us, causing us to be vulnerable, he should assume the liability and responsibility to protect us with trained staff and equipment to stop criminals. Most property owners don’t do that. They don’t install metal detectors and x-ray machines. Instead they stick a thin piece of plastic on their window, a printed sign saying no-guns-allowed. It seems criminal.
Business owners buy insurance to cover damages caused by violent criminals, while the same business owners do nothing to protect their law abiding customers. The owner of a “gun-free business” is telling us that his property and staff are valuable… but his disarmed customers are worthless. That goes beyond an owner exercising personal choice over his property. That is criminal negligence! The plastic sign is designed to stop honest people, yet the sign does nothing to stop a violent criminal.
Gun free zones are a failure. Almost all of our mass murders happen in gun free zones. When we look at our most violent cities, most of their violent crime takes place in gun-free zones. Criminals are not dumb. Thugs look for gun-free zones and disarmed victims.
When I ask property owners if they think a thin plastic sign will stop criminals, they say “But I had to do something.” What these property owners are saying is that violence is too toxic to think about. Violence is so abhorrent that they want to cover their eyes and make violence disappear. I understand that reaction from a child, but not from an adult. Most adults understand the harmful effects and won’t play peek-a-boo with violence. Blindness costs us too much.
Self-defense is what you do to stay alive until the police arrive. Firearms are simply tools that allow the weak to defend themselves from the strong, and the few to defend themselves from the many. They are one choice along a spectrum of tools. If it weren’t for their political implications, guns would be as unremarkable as knowing CPR and carrying a medical kit… except in a gun-free zone.
Armed citizens save lives every day… where they can. Let’s change the laws and end gun-free zones.
Read my friend David Cole for a cold-hearted view of gun-free zones and financial risk assessment.
My friend Dr. John Edeen talks about the legislative issues in eliminating gun-free zones.
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We have a million new gun owners each month. Welcome, but there is more to being a gun owner than buying ammunition. Democrat politicians recently proposed ridiculous regulations on guns and gun owners. Gun sales soared, but I think that is the wrong response. Gun owners need to get political to protect their rights.
If a politician said they were going to come and confiscate your water would you go buy jugs of water? If a politician said money was evil and they were going to come and take your money, would you go take your cash out of the bank? No, you would run the politician out of office so fast and so hard that they would have to leave the state.
You can tell that this is an election year. It is the season for politicians to attack honest gun owners because politicians need campaign cash. The special interests who want to disarm honest citizens are flush with dark money. Democrat politicians chased after these campaign donations like kids chasing after a cookie jar.
The democrat politicians kept their part of the bargain. I’ve seen proposals to require gun owners to register as if they were sex offenders. There are proposals to require insurance before you can own a gun. There are proposals to outlaw all guns that load a bullet into the chamber after the gun fires. There are even proposals to require registration to buy ammunition and, in some cases, to limit the quantity of amount of ammunition you can buy to two reloads in 90 days.
Gun sales soared, and gun owners are wrong. You bought a gun because gun ownership was threatened. Great. Now defend that right. You’ll clean up a dirty gun, but some gun owners won’t get their hands dirty with politics. I don’t like political activism either, but we have to do it.
I’m a gun owner. I understand the impulse to buy a gun once democrat politicians said they will infringe on that right. I get it, but buying a gun isn’t enough to defend your rights to keep and bear arms. We can’t stop political oppression by indulging ourselves at the sporting goods store. We need to fight politicians with political activism. I have, and now I’m begging you to join me. I’m pleading with you.
Stop indulging yourself at the gun stop. Register to vote instead. Yes, the first step is that easy.
Now keep going. Spend some of your money on political ammunition rather than lead and brass. Join the groups who defend your right of self-defense. Join the NRA and its affiliated gun group in your state. Join the Second Amendment Association, Gun Owners of America, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Each group brings something different to the table. I belong to every one of them.
Now I’m going to get personal. Please start listening to your politicians. Let them know when they are right, and when they are wrong. You can do it from your phone. Find a pro-gun politician you can support. Please donate to him and get on his mailing list.
Wake up, gun owners. Fight politicians with political activism. Once you’re energized, then donate to the Crime Prevention Research Center too.
I hope you’ve done all that before you buy your next gun. Guns have two enemies; rust and politicians. Let’s fight both.
I recently received an e-mail from my congressman, Charles Boustany. The congressman said he was trying to vote against Obamacare, but liberals overrode his veto attempt. The congressman then asked if I’d support his run for Senate. Let me remind you of a few things Charles Boustany, Jr., MD forgot to mention.
Congressman Boustany already funded Obamacare when he voted for the Ryan omnibus budget a few months ago. Congressman Boustany also voted for open borders and for full federal funding of Planned Parenthood in that same omnibus budget bill. Congressman Boustany is one of the reasons our debt just topped 19 trillion dollars, or 61 thousand dollars for every man, woman and child in the US.
I tried to answer the congressman’s email, but the solicitation e-mail didn’t allow a reply. I guess the Congressman Boustany forgot how to listen. I asked a number of my neighbors and they have had a similar problem with Congressman Boustany.
Christianity changed science forever. The Judeo-Christian tradition let God be God. Contrast that to a world view where nature is filled with the little gods of air, water and earth. Christianity took the many gods out of nature. Today we are told that religion and science don’t mix, but the historic change brought by Christianity inspired us to look at and understand nature rather than worship it. Suddenly, the way the natural world worked was seen as regular, knowable, and yet filled with depths of mystery. Coming to know and understand the world took more than obedience to religion. It required us to let go of the magical world of superstition. We had to see the world as it is.
Political conservatism serves that role today. Conserving freedom requires that we take the god out of government rather pretend government has magical powers. Politicians are not little gods, though many act like they are. The political process is not divine. Politicians have a nature as certainly as air and water have theirs. Voters have a nature and character as well. Pandering politicians promise us anything so they can remain in power. We voters allow ourselves to be seduced into believing the impossible: that we can have something for nothing. Political conservatism asks us to see politics as it is.
Pandering politicians have other plans.
- You and I want fairness, and pandering politicians tells us they can make the world fair. The politician is never asked to show us where that actually worked. Sure the politician can make things “fair”.. by making us all equally poor. The exception is the politician and his friends who grow rich.
- We resent exploitation. A politician says it is greedy for us to keep the money we earned, but not greedy for a politician to take from us and give to his friends.
- We have an innate sense of responsibility and accountability. Corporations can’t be trusted, but a politician asks us to take on faith that bureaucrat we can’t fire will treat us fairly. Ask a small business owner how that worked out.
- We don’t like being manipulated. A politician says that big corporations will try to control us and limit our choices. That is why we need big government to control us and limit our choices.
- We know we make mistakes all the time. We need government because we can’t possibly make good choices.. but it is a great idea for a politician who can’t back up her own e-mail to control our future.
- We hate being cheated by powerful people. Companies will collude and act together to screw the little guy.. but it is OK when politicians take huge campaign donations from special interests and then pay off their friends with our tax dollars.
- We know there are better ways to get things done. Yet, somehow, a government notorious for waste and corruption is going to give us what we want at a great price.. without screwing someone else to get it. If you believe that lie then I have some “free” healthcare for you.
- We want to feel special, and a clever politician tells us we are. In fact, that nice politician said we could all have a pony because he loves us.. and that other politician who said that all of us can’t have a pony is a mean man.
- We want to feel good about ourselves. Voters not only want to believe they can have something for nothing.. but a cynical politician tells us it is noble to take what we want from someone else.
Look, I understand the desire to take other people’s stuff. I really do. What I don’t understand is the level of dishonesty to claim envy is a virtue. Cynical politicians learned the lessons of carnival fortune tellers; forget the truth and just tell the voters what they want to hear.
Giving up superstition is hard. Christianity let us see the world as it is. Political conservatism asks us to see politicians and government as they are. Saying that this election will be different is a lie as sure as saying that education will be free. This election will only be different when we resent the impossible promises of politicians. This election will only be different when we are tired of being played as suckers.
That is up to you. Please make it happen. Listen harder. Register to vote.
Why send FBI special agents and intelligence analysts to the Holocaust Museum?
“..the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do. That’s what people do. And that should truly frighten us.
“That is why I send our agents and our analysts to the Holocaust Museum. I want them to stare at us and realize our capacity for rationalization and moral surrender..”
Honest citizens defend themselves with a firearm every day. I’m sure you’re shocked at that news since democrat politicians and news media tell us that armed self-defense never happens. Here are examples from the last few weeks. These ordinary citizens were thrown into extraordinary situations. These armed defenders were both surprised… and prepared. They saved their life and protected those they love.
–A 65-year-old woman in Manchester, New Hampshire stopped to buy gasoline after leaving work late at night. She noticed a dark colored sedan following her as she drove home to her apartment. She was concerned so she parked as close to her building as possible. She has her concealed carry permit and the training that comes with it. She moved her firearm from her purse to her pocket in case she needed it. She hurried to her apartment stairway but the mugger ran in front of her. He blocked her path and grabbed her shoulder. The elderly grandmother then drew her pistol and shot the mugger in the chest. He ran. The old woman took shelter in her building and called police. The mugger and his accomplice were picked up by police at a nearby hospital.
Anti-gun activists said this old lady would be safer if she was disarmed. What do you think?
-Two cars stopped in front of a home in Houston, Texas. Six to eight men piled out of the cars and quickly forced their way into a nearby home. A neighbor who was walking down the sidewalk witnessed the home invasion. One of the thugs pointed a gun at him. The neighbor was carrying a concealed weapon and shot and killed the robber in self-defense. This caused the other men to flee leaving and leave their stolen car behind. The armed pedestrian and the one person inside the home were not injured.
Anti-gun activists say we would be safer if law-abiding citizens were limited on how many bullets we can have in our guns. These eight thieves won’t follow that law. What would have happened if this neighbor had only a few bullets in his gun?
-Two men knocked at the front door of a Memphis home at about 6 PM. A woman opened the door and one man forced his way inside. The intruder put a gun against the woman’s neck. The male homeowner heard the woman scream. Fortunately, he was armed and stepped toward the front door. The homeowner shot the armed intruder several times. The dead assailant had a long criminal record including arrests for aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.
Anti-rights activists say we would be safer if our guns were disassembled and locked in a gun safe. Did this man have time to open a safe?
-A North St Louis county homeowner heard two men loudly bang on his front door. The homeowner had recently moved into the home. He didn’t recognize the men and wasn’t expecting visitors at 10:30 in the morning. Fortunately, the homeowner was armed when the two thieves smashed through the back door of his home. The armed burglars shot at the homeowner. The homeowner shot back and killed one of the thieves. The second thief ran and was arrested by police a few days later. He was wanted for several recent robberies.
Drug gangs shoot ten thousand people each year, yet anti-rights activists say we would be safer if honest citizens were disarmed. Does that make sense to you?
-Three masked men entered a Family Dollar store late at night. One of the thieves pointed a gun at the store clerk and demanded the money in the cash register. Fortunately, one of the customers standing in line was armed with a gun of his own. He pointed his gun at the robbers, but the three thieves turned and ran before the armed customer could fire. Police in Newport News, Virginia said these three thieves were wanted for a string of similar robberies.
The armed customer saved lives without firing a shot. Would we really be safer if honest citizens were disarmed?
a tip of the hat to Cheryl Todd for editing this post
Government- Doing the crime that honest citizens just won’t do.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency paid another government employee in the Transportation Safety Administration to report when passengers traveled with cash. The DEA seized the cash and the TSA agent got a cut.