Saturday, April 21, 2007

Guns Don't Kill People - People Kill People

The shooting has rekindled debate over U.S. gun laws, the gun grabbers are uniting again , calling the NRA the America’s Cosa Nostra .

When the Government fails to protect the people there is a higher law at work, it's called the 'Law of Self Preservation' .

If it one thing most cultures can agree upon is the principle that the only time the taking of a human life is justified, it is when protecting your life or that of your loved ones.

Do you think for one minute that if Professor had a Walter PPK available that he would have been able to better protect his students ? or Do you think if one of Virgina Techs disproportionate high number of females staff killed , had a Beretta in her purse and knew how to use it, that thirty-three (33) people would have been killed ?

New York City which has strict Handgun Laws and rates a B+ according to the Brady Campaign has a murder rate that despite the impact of zero tolerance policies, New York City's homicide rate - at 16.8 - is eight times London's."

In contrast while we debate whether more or fewer guns could have prevented the tragedy at Virginia Tech , a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms.

In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of "Wild West" showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.

The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.

Police Lt. Craig Graydon said: "When the Kennesaw law was passed in 1982 there was a substantial drop in crime … and we have maintained a really low crime rate since then. We are sure it is one of the lowest (crime) towns in the metro area." Kennesaw is just north of Atlanta.
Virginia Tech, like many of the nation's schools and college campuses, is a so-called "gun-free zone," which Second Amendment supporters say invites gun violence – especially from disturbed individuals seeking to kill as many victims as possible.

Besides we don't enforce the laws we have that favors the perpetrators. See recent post titled 'When Laws Aren't Enforced Innocent People Die' and 'Who are Agency Investigators Protecting'.

"We believe that based on existing Federal law, Cho Seung-Hui should not have passed his Brady background checks and should not have been allowed to purchase firearms. Read the full statement.
So before we declare war on the NRA and seek to hide behind a false sense of security, remember that "When guns are outlawed , only criminals will have guns".

So before you go on a campaign to take away the right to defend our most valuable possession, our life, remember the people of Kennesaw, Georgia and the example they have set for us.

And while we are at it - Should we Outlaw Hammers Too !

posting by Ray Fernandez


Anonymous said...

Your points are well stated. I heard someone on the news the other day railing about gun control for illegal firearms until the journalist pointed out that this guy had a legal firearm. You can't control illegal possession and use of firearms through gun control laws.

Anonymous said...

I agree. If everyone was armed, or even thought to be armed, most people would just walk away. Stabbings happen, so when are they going to make our kitchen knives illegal?