.. lice and we also have the ability to call 911. In California thousands of 911 calls went unanswered because the caller received a message that all operators were busy. California Senator Feinstein wants to have severe gun control laws. The Senator has armed bodyguards and I would ask her why does she need armed bodyguards when all she has to do is call 911 for any help. An examination of policies and statistics by John R. Lott Jr., a professor at the University of Chicago, shows that areas of the country that had right to carry laws saw the number of multiple-victim shootings decline on average of 84 percent and deaths from these incidents plummeted by 90 percent, injuries by 82 percent. (3) American citizens who are law abiding, conscientious, and carry a concealed weapon or own a weapon provide a significant social service by making a criminal think twice about who might have a weapon and would the crime be worth it.
Results from an interview conducted by Ginny Simone with Keith Tidswell of Australia’s Sporting Shooters Association show that one year after Australian gun-owners were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, including semi-automatic .22 rifles and shotguns, and a program costing the government over 500 million dollars a year was introduced and a dramatic increase in criminal activity has been experienced. Gun control advocates responded, Just wait, we’ll be safer, you’ll see. The observable facts after 12 months of data compilation shows that Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2%, Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6%, Australia-wide, armed-robberies are up 44%, and in the state of Victoria, homicides-with-firearms are up 300%. The figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in homicides-with- firearms and the figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in armed-robbery- with-firearms. From 1910 to present, homicides in Australia had averaged about 1.8-per-100, 000 or lower which shows a safe society by any standard. The Australian politicians are on the spot and at a loss to explain how no improvement in safety has been observed after such monumental effort and expense was successfully expended in ridding society of guns.
Their response has been to wait longer. (Australia: The Results Are In) I quote Senator Hubert H. Humphrey to further show that the Second Amendment does give a citizen the right to bear arms and not to be regulated by the United States government: Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms… The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible.(Americans on Self-Defense) All of the great dictators of this era, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, were democratically elected and then confiscated the constituents weapons and passed laws to keep them from owning a weapon. We do not need for this to happen in our country.
Gun control laws are a negative type of approach to controlling violence with firearms. Guns are used for defensive purposes about five times as often as they are used for crimes. John R. Lott, Jr. states that after examining a range of different policies that higher arrest and conviction rates, longer prison sentences, and death penalty generally reduce murders. But neither gun laws nor the severity of a punishment has any significant effects on public shootings.
(2) A multivariate statistical analysis by Ik-Whan G. Kwon, et al, states that while the background checks do provide a small amount of results, the overall result showed that major firearm fatalities were associated with socioeconomic factors such as poverty levels and alcohol consumption. Unless the country directs itself to curing these ills, which have the greatest influence upon violent deaths by firearms, we shall continue to see people abuse their Second Amendment rights. (Kwon et al. 8) If the citizen cannot be responsible then he should lose his Second Amendment rights to bear arms.
Let us take for example the incident at Waco, Texas. The Branch Davidian complex was destroyed in a joint Federal Police (FBI, BATF, and Local Law Enforcement) and United States Military (Special Operations: Delta Force) coup. The United States law enforcement agencies and the Delta Force went out to Mount Carmel on an illegal weapons suspicion. The original reason for proceeding to Mount Carmel has been hidden by the federal government. The have stated, different reasons at different times, that they where out there for illegal weapons, child abuse, and drugs. The federal government has lied continuously about Waco to keep the public from becoming angered and not permitting a police state to develop in our country.
The FBI has shown recently that they manufacture evidence and falsify reports used in criminal cases. The FBIs own official has stepped down amid the lies and manufacturing of evidence. Frederic Whitehurst, the FBI forensic chemist and lab supervisor, states that he was and is tired of the FBI falsifying his signature and manufacturing evidence. (FBI) Given such actions can we trust the United States government to be truthful and honest to American citizens? Do we not have freedom of speech and freedom of religion in the United States anymore? If you do not believe the information that I provide here, then do a search for Operation Urban Warrior on the Internet and read it for yourself. You will be shocked at what you find available. The Branch Davidians were all law abiding citizens and had the proper permits for the weapons that they owned.
The United States government went to the Davidian church without a warrant in possession and the resulting massacre ensued. The United States of America needs to wake up and take a long hard look at what has been transpiring behind closed doors at our nations capital. Our society has lost the values and patriotism that our history provides. The average 16 year old high school student cannot tell you who Betsy Ross or Patrick Henry were or why they were famous. A person need only look into an American history book to understand what America really stands for or ask a military veteran.
If our citizens and their children cannot believe in the ideals of what our country stands for, then we are truly lost. We need to take stock in America and bring back the idealism that made our country what it was and what it can be again. A person who forsakes their freedom for safety is a cowardly American citizen. We need to stand up for rights, both God given and Constitutional. It takes citizens who care about their liberty and country to do so.
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