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The Real Faces and Places of Gun Control

July 31, 2013

US-SHOOTING-SCHOOL-CONGRESSWe are told that gun control will stop violence.  We’re told gun control will end crime.  Advocates can claim gun control will make you look years younger.. and the news media will report that as “truth from the experts”.   Me, I’m done with the theory of gun control because I lived with the reality.  It isn’t a matter of academic statistics for me.  Now I see faces and names because too many of my friends paid the price for our social experiment.  Maybe you don’t know the reality of gun control when you’re young because you haven’t seen it.  This is the reality of how the other half lives.. and dies because of gun control.

Kenn-the-author2Kenn Blanchard served on hostage rescue teams when he was in the Marine Corps.  Now Kenn is a civilian and lives near Washington, D.C.  He trains CIA agents how to use firearms.  Kenn has protected presidents and ambassadors.  The Reverend Kenn Blanchard is also a Baptist preacher in one of the most violent sections of Washington, D.C.   They hear gunfire outside his church!  This fine black man can’t get a permit to protect himself or his family because he lives in a state that has “gun control”.

Think about that for a minute.  Kenn was paid to protect our nation’s political leaders as they traveled around the world, but somehow Kenn isn’t trustworthy enough to protect his own children in their front yard.  That is the reality of gun prohibition.  That is the racism of gun control.

I read that an elderly man was robbed when he came home to his Chicago apartment.  Two criminals broke in and held his son at gunpoint.  This time the thieves stole money and car keys.  That’s simply one more robbery in Chicago.. except this man’s son was confined to a wheel chair.  The thieves stole the man’s wheel chair accessible van.  This is personal for me because I lived in Chicago and thieves broke into my apartment.  I lived next door to Spencer Dawson who was confined to a wheelchair.  Over two million handicapped people are victimized in the US each year.  That could have been Spencer and his parents!CP chair

The only way this old man could have protected his family was if he carried a gun.  Unfortunately, politicians disarmed the honest citizens of Chicago.  I don’t see how disarming the elderly and physically handicapped makes the rest of us safer.  That is the bigotry of gun prohibition!


My friends Mike and Cissy owned a small business in Washington DC.  They were robbed by three young men when they stepped outside their shop.  Gun control left my friends disarmed and vulnerable.  They could have been killed because of gun control!  Mike and Cissy were all right, but some of my friends weren’t so lucky.


knife_attack2012-wideMy girlfriend was raped after her attacker broke in and held a knife to her throat.  Monica couldn’t have a gun for self-defense because she lived in Chicago, and Chicago has very strict gun control laws.  Gun control is the theory that it is better for a 130 pound woman to be raped by a drug addict twice her size rather than risk injuring a rapist.  That theory may work for Chicago politicians who have their own security detail, but Monica paid the price.

Monica’s rape is the reality of gun control.  Monica had to leave Illinois.  She moved to a state where she could defend herself.

Some victims can’t run away.  Let me tell you about a girl named Anne.  She was home from college and sitting in a quiet park near Mill Valley, California mill valley policewhen she was murdered.  She was murdered by a mentally ill man who brought a gun into a gun-free zone.  Of course Anne obeyed California’s gun law, so she wasn’t armed.  There was no one to help her when she was attacked and murdered.   The police didn’t find her body for hours.

That is the murderous insanity of gun control!  We pretend that crazy people and criminals will obey gun laws while people like Anne are disarmed.. and murdered.  This stays personal for me.  I named my daughter Anne.

Do we need more names and more examples like Anne’s?  With gun control we are not talking about an untried theory, or even a theory that worked well in other countries.  We tried gun prohibition right here in the United States.  It failed.  It failed as prohibition always fails.  I’ve named a few of the victims to prove it.  How many more names will it take to convince you?  How many more victims will you stand for?

Where I live In San Diego County, we have fifty to sixty people robbed, assaulted, raped and murdered every day.  Your neighborhood is probably the same.  The victims are not a number and a statistic.  They are real people with names and faces, even if they are left unnamed and unreported on the local news.  The reality of gun control is that it disarms honest people and leaves us as easy victims for drug gangs, crazies and criminals.

My friends lived the experiment.  I don’t think I’m unlucky that my friends have been victims.  On the contrary; I’m lucky to have so many friends and have lived long enough to see what happens to them.  I can’t ignore what has happened to my friends.   Please don’t ignore what has happened to your friends either.

I do more than reject gun control: I condemn it!  I am pleading with you to join me.  There are many gun-rights groups you can join.  Please join today.

Thank you JPFO for reposting this article.
I gave you 800 words.  Please leave me a few in return.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Virginia Ross permalink
    August 4, 2013 2:36 pm

    I am joining the NRA this week.


  2. August 9, 2013 5:34 pm

    Great article! You asked for some words. You’ll find many from me at my blog post (one of many) where I wrote about gun rights:

    Progressivism’s Violent World


  3. Phil Graf permalink
    August 9, 2013 6:02 pm

    I called my CA senator & assemblyman today, as well as Gov Brown. Got through to staffers. Asked each why their boss was for anti-civil rights laws? Art 1, Sec 1 of the CA Constitution states, that one of my inalienable rights is to defend my life and liberty. How, then, can they violate their Oath of Office by voting for laws that deprive me of the means to defend my life and liberty? I am waiting for their answers…


    • August 10, 2013 6:00 am

      Thank you, Phil. We need a few million more like you to turn our legislators around.


  4. Henry permalink
    August 9, 2013 6:19 pm

    I shared this on Google+ — well written!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Neale Osborn permalink
    August 9, 2013 7:40 pm

    You are a smart man, Rob. I carry. Every day. My wife and mother in law bought me my summer CCW weapon (a polymer framed .357 magnum snub nosed revolver) after Newtown, because she was tired of me not carrying my large framed 1911 (a colt .45, for the non-gun people out there) half the time because it was too hard to conceal in warmer weather.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 10, 2013 6:01 am

      Neale, that is a nice reply and it brought me a smile. It sounds like your family loves you.


  6. August 9, 2013 8:27 pm


    Before you get all warm and gushy about the NRA, of which I have been a LIFE MEMBER since 1973, I was a 5 year member prior to going life, take a close look at the history of that organization, the 1920’s and 1930’s for instance, admittedly a while back but important anyhow. The NRA was much less friendly toward gun ownership by the individual then than they are now.

    That having been said, looking at Pro Gun, Pro Gun Rights organizations, of which the NRA is one, they are oh so much better than their opponents, The Anti Gun, The Anti Gun Rights side. Lest I forget, Virginia, you hear a whole lot from media and some political types about something they refer to as The Gun Lobby. There is one, represented in part by the NRA. What you will not hear anything about from the same people, media and political types, is the fact that there is an Anti Gun Lobby too. One man’s or woman’s meat, it has been said, correctly too, is another’s poison.

    By the way, Mr. Morse makes some very valid points.


  7. John permalink
    August 10, 2013 3:56 am

    Sharing. Good words. All 800 of them!


  8. Russell Middleton permalink
    August 10, 2013 2:14 pm

    Thanks Rob,
    Ten years ago I moved from Michigan to Stirling, Scotland, for personal reasons. I now live less than 8 miles from the Dunblane Primary School. It is an article of faith here, that guns are evil and civilians should not have them. Joseph E. Olson and David B. Kopel in ALL THE WAY DOWN THE SLIPPERY SLOPE: GUN PROHIBITION IN ENGLAND AND SOME LESSONS FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES IN AMERICA document how 21st Century Britain came to have what Joyce Lee Malcolm calls ‘The Gold Standard of Gun Control’. Successive British governments, aided by the mainstream media, have managed in a few decades to reverse six hundred years of social progress in violence reduction and call it public safety. There are more ties between American anti-gunners and Britain than you can imagine. Treatment for the anti-gun pandemic desperately needs to be administered here as well.


  9. August 10, 2013 7:22 pm


    Judging from recent events, and some comments/articles I’ve read, the British, at least some Brits, likely those removed from “officialdom” are or have learned the error of their ways.


  10. August 12, 2013 4:28 am

    As a charter JPFO member, and one of many shabbos goyin, I have always appreciated this “voice crying in the wilderness,” but seldom more than when the editors recognized the greatness of Kenn Blanchard! Thank you, JPFO & Kenn Blanchard, for reminding us of one of the greatest follies of “gun control,” the idiotic notion, sold only to the gullible by the conniving, that we can surrender some of our G_d-given freedom for the promise of security, to paraphrase Dr. Franklin, among others.

    Truly, whoever makes that deal will surely lose both and deserves neither. Thank you both again, JPFO and the Rev, Kenn Blanchard.

    Chuck Collins

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Dick Reach permalink
    August 12, 2013 5:08 pm

    I live in the peoples state of New Jersey so I know what politicians can do to our civil rights.
    Anyone who thinks the criminal will follow these laws is just plane wrong minded.

    Thanks for the Information and God bless you.

    Dick Reach


    • August 12, 2013 7:37 pm

      Hi, Dick.
      Thank you for leaving a comment. There are several great organizations working to protect your rights in New Jersey. Are you a member of them yet? I live in California, and if I’m a contributor to NJ2AS, then you should be too!


  12. Michael Hawke permalink
    August 15, 2013 12:48 pm

    I have a friend who was raped in the Mobile, AL area. She and her family moved halfway across the country “just in case” he gets out of prison.

    As Stand Your Ground laws are “reviewed” by the DoJ, I look at my 79 year old mother who will have hip replacement surgery next week. Do they expect her to try to run away or curl up in a ball and plead for mercy? I subscribe to the Lone Ranger way of thinking. The Lone Ranger had guns, the bad guys had guns. The main difference was how they used those guns.


    • August 15, 2013 1:06 pm

      Hi, Michael. Thank you for mentioning your friend. I’m sorry she was attacked and hope she is well. I also hope she can protect herself.


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