Humans are very distinct from other creatures in their ability to perfect the use of tools to improve quality of life. Even more remarkable of man, however, is our willingness to restrict the use of even our most valuable tools in the name of “safety.”
Firearms have for the past few hundred years been one of man’s most useful tools. America’s Founding Fathers realized this and held gun ownership in such a high regard that they opted to include it in the country’s Constitution.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Here are four things that the men who wrote those words knew, that modern anti-gun zealots in the United States and abroad can’t seem to understand:
#1— Guns are extremely useful in deterring criminals who would otherwise steal from you and likely injure or kill you in the process. That is why Keyna Oduyoye, 30, of Randallstown, Md., brought her registered .40 caliber Beretta handgun along when she carried $4,000 to meet with a person selling a car on Craigslist. When she and her boyfriend arrived, they were robbed by the people they met.
From The Baltimore Sun:
She told police she grabbed a .40 caliber Beretta from the glove compartment of her car and fired a warning shot in the air. The gunman dropped his weapon, she told police, according to court charging documents, and then she chased the man up the street firing three times in the air.
Though she managed to keep herself from being possibly murdered by her armed assailants after having her money stolen, Oduyoye was jailed last week on $35,000 bond. She is charged with having a handgun on her person and in her car, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm on a public street. Even though her gun was registered, because of Maryland’s restrictive carry permit laws she is a criminal in the eyes of the law.
#2— The bad guys are never going to give up their guns, and there is nothing even the most restrictive nanny governments can do about it. Case in point, New York City. Even with liberty assaulting police tactics like “stop and frisk” that allow New York cops to search just about anyone they want to on the street, gangsters still have access to guns.
From the New York Post:
Ruthless gangbangers are drawing on lessons from kindergarten — adopting policies of “share and share alike” when it comes to their illegal handguns, cops said yesterday.
“People aren’t carrying around their own guns anymore, they’re sharing them and stashing them,” said Detective Joseph Cruzado of the Queens gang squad.
“Four, five years ago, we’d see almost every gang member carrying their own gun. You don’t see that anymore.”
Now criminals in the city simply stash weapons in secret locations — such as bushes — so that other members of their organizations can retrieve the weapons when needed.
Good luck finding a weapon stash if you find yourself on the wrong end of a criminal’s barrel.
#3— Guns have uses that are in no way related to crime. This story comes from Manitoba, Canada but explains a problem that many American farmers and ranchers also deal with. Because of restrictive laws aimed at protecting wildlife from poachers, farmers in the province are unable to legally defend their cattle from predators.
The Wildlife Act, which governs hunting in Manitoba, says hunters may kill wildlife on their own land to defend property. But the following restrictions apply: can’t hunt at night or use lighting or reflecting equipment when hunting; can’t use poison to trap or kill wild animals; can’t have a loaded gun in a vehicle; and can’t fire a gun from a vehicle.
That causes real problems for farmers like Henry Hendrickson.
From Winnipeg Free Press:
In one year, the farmer raises 300 cattle and loses between 10 and 12 to predators: coyotes and wolves, mostly.
Hendrickson would like to protect his herd by hunting the predators, but the laws make it difficult. For example, coyotes are nocturnal creatures, but laws governing gun use prevent farmers from hunting at night. They also can’t legally shoot from a moving vehicle, even though vehicles are the only way to keep pace with fleet-footed coyotes and wolves.
#4— Governments are capable of doing some pretty terrible things to helpless populations. Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, who is currently running for a Senate seat in Ohio, is taking heat for releasing the following ad recently:
But, in a Nation where armed bureaucrats continuously raid farms because of raw milk sales, the police are becoming ever-increasingly militarized and abuse of power seeps from town halls, Congress, the Justice Department and the White House, people who want a defenseless American populace would likely do well to heed the warnings of history.