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Guns and Walter E. Williams

“We’re also going to make it clear that when a pig [a policeman] gets iced [killed] that’s a good thing, and that everyone who considers himself a [communist] revolutionary should be armed, should own a gun, should have a gun in his house.”  Bill Ayers, New Left Notes, September 12, 1969

Are Guns The Problem?

Walter E. Williams, Townhall.com, January 16, 2013

When I attended primary and secondary school — during the 1940s and ’50s — one didn’t hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that’s become routine today. Why?2013-01-08T142246Z_1_CBRE90713Y100_RTROPTP_3_USA-1 It surely wasn’t because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped.

Dr. John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. They carried their rifles to school on the subways and, upon arrival, turned them over to their homeroom teacher or the gym coach and retrieved their rifles after school for target practice. Virginia’s rural areas had a long tradition of high-school students going hunting in the morning before school and sometimes storing their rifles in the trunks of their cars that were parked on school grounds. Often a youngster’s 12th or 14th birthday present was a shiny new .22-caliber rifle, given to him by his father. Continue reading

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Never Disarm

“A sword is never a killer; it is a tool in the killer’s hands.”  Seneca

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust their people with arms.”  Americans never give up your guns. 48982.jpegJames Madison

“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.  They are left in full possession of them.”  Zacharia Johnson, Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

“If you were a Swiss man, you would be a soldier as well.  Every able-bodied Swiss man must go to the army in Switzerland for 90 days and then every 2 years until the age of 42, he must return for practice for 19 days.  This allows the government to raise an army of 400,000 men, fully armed, within 24 hours, as every soldier has an assault gun in his house, complete with ammunition.” Wikipedia

“In 2008, the isolated Harrold Independent School District in Texas, noting the damage done in the Columbine shootings, among others, decided the 20 minutes it could take police to arrive could lead to a horrific disaster, trained school staff were allowed to carry firearms in school.  The result? Dead students? Mayhem? Actually…nothing except a safe school.  School district superintendent David Thweatt simply stated ‘We’re the first responders.  We have to be.  We don’t have 5 minutes.  We don’t have 10 minutes.  We would have had 20 minutes of hell if the school was attacked.’”

“But here’s the issue that Piers Morgan left out:  Do fewer guns mean less crime?  But you know the answer to this.  The UK has the second highest overall crime rate, the fifth highest robbery rate, the fourth highest burglary rate, in the EU and—most importantly—England has the highest crime rate in the EU, with 2,035 violent crimes per 100,000, far aheud of even South Africa at 1,609 per 100,000.  The US has a rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000—not even in the top 10.”  Jim Vanne

Americans never give up your guns

By Stanislav Mishin – Pravda.ru – 28.12.2012

These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one’s self and possessions.

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles. Continue reading

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Cathedral Crusade for Gun Control

By  – FrontPageMag.Com – December 31, 2012

Barely a few hours after the horrendous December 14 Newtown, Connecticut murders, the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington, D.C. quickly publicized a news release pledging to “work with our national leaders to enact more effective gun control measures.”  Then the cathedral announced its relatively new dean, Gary Hall, would sermonize on gun control that Sunday.   The gothic cathedral that soars over the nation’s capital has been struggling in recent years, like many liberal, old line Protestant institutions, over declining membership and finances.  And the political pronouncements of cathedral clergy, like most Episcopal and other old line clergy, in recent decades are mostly ignored.  More typically the National Cathedral gains attention as a favored locale for state funerals, such as for Presidents Ford and Reagan, as well as astronaut Neil Armstrong.  But CNN,The Washington Post and New York Times, among other media, uncharacteristically covered this sermon.

“If we are truly America’s ‘National’ Cathedral, as we say we are, then we must become the focal point of faithful advocacy of gun control, calling our leaders to courageous action and supporting them as they take it,” Rev. Hall preached.  “For a variety of reasons our political culture has been unwilling and unable to address the question of gun control, but now it is time that you and I, as followers of Jesus, help them to do that.”  Ostensibly “helping” Americans identify the right political solutions has been, unsuccessfully, the objective of old line Protestant elites for many decades.

In keeping with liberal theology, Rev. Hall warned against calling the Newtown murderer “evil” as dehumanizing.   Instead, he focused more abstractly on “violence” and social tolerance for it.  And in a familiar theme for old line Protestant clergy, he touted a political rather than a redemptive or spiritual crusade:  “Our political leaders need to know that there is a group of people in America who will serve as a counterweight to the gun lobby, who will stand together with our leaders and support them as they act to take assault weapons off the streets.”  The best way to mourn Newtown’s victims is to “mobilize the faith community for gun control.”  And the Episcopal priest pledged his cathedral would become a “focal point of faithful advocacy of gun control, calling our leaders to courageous action and supporting them as they take it.”  Rev. Hall promised that the “the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby.”

Keeping his promise, the National Cathedral last week hosted an interfaith press conference for gun control.  Rev. Hall was joined by the Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C., a United Methodist bishop, the National Council of Churches, a retired Catholic prelate, and the Islamic Society of North America.   Cathedral officials urged banning semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, while also urging better care for the mentally ill.  These stances are of course within the realm of reasonable discourse.  But for much of the Religious Left, these policy objectives are only incremental steps towards more sweeping gun bans.  The United Methodist Church, for example, has advocated for about 40 years an abolition of hand gun ownership.   A former National Council of Churches president suggested transcending a Second “Amendment crafted for a time that bears little resemblance to our own.”  Former lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) Richard Cizik professed to represent “new” evangelicals in backing gun control.   “American Evangelicals need to be born again on this issue,” he insisted, denouncing “weapons of war” that defy “everything we say we stand for.” Continue reading

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