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Self Defense and a Tale of Two Cities

September 6, 2014


Southern California –-(

It is the best of times and the worst of times for the everyday American citizen.  More than forty states recognize our right to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, a few states deny us the right of armed self defense.  In those states the list of victims continues to mount.  Look at this tale of contrasts and see the pattern.

  • In Los Angeles, California, a woman walked past the laundry room of her apartment complex.  She asked a homeless man to step out of the laundry room.  The homeless man beat her and sexually assaulted her.  Of course, the woman was unarmed.  She lives in an upscale section of Los Angeles where only bodyguards and the politically connected are granted the privilege of armed self-defense.
  • Dinah Burns was walking her dog in Lancaster, Ohio.  Two young white men came out of the woods along her path.  One of  the young men held a baseball bat and said she was coming with them.  Dinah Burns was licensed to carry a concealed gun, but she’d only recently started taking her weapon with her.  The two men were not afraid of her dog, but they fled back into the woods after she drew her handgun.
  • A clerk in a Houston, Texas convenience store knew too many clerks who’d been robbed. He knew too many clerks who were shot even though they gave all their money to the thieves. That is why this clerk got his concealed carry license. One day, a car pulled up next to his store.  A robber got out of the car and demanded money from the clerk at gunpoint. The clerk shot the robber.  The get-away driver fled before the robber could leave the store. The robber was taken to the hospital in serious condition, and the clerk was uninjured.
  • In Atlantic County, New Jersey, a motorist was stopped for a minor traffic violation.  She was license to carry a concealed weapon. The license was issued by Philadelphia, but the Pennsylvania license isn’t recognized in New Jersey.  The firearms owner now faces up to 11 and a half years in New Jersey state prison because she traveled through New Jersey with her firearm.  She has no previous criminal record and spent 46 days in jail before she could make bail.

42 states and the US territory of Guam allow their citizens to protect themselves in public with a firearm.  The resulting pattern is simple.

The unarmed citizen is preyed upon by criminals.  In a few states, the armed citizen is preyed upon by government.

It is the best of times and the worst of times for the right of armed self-defense.  Elections are coming up.  Make sure you’re registered to vote.

About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights MagazineClash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog.   He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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