Sunday, July 31, 2005

Peaceful, Gun-free England

Police: Ax Murder A Hate Crime Well they outlawed guns, then they started talking about outlawing pointy knives. Will they now consider outlawing axes, or just go straight to getting rid of all sharp objects?
LIVERPOOL, England -- A black 18-year-old was attacked and found with an ax imbedded in his skull.

Police in Liverpool, England, said it was a deadly hate crime.
As opposed to some other type of deadly crime.

To make the citizens of the UK safe from this type of attack I am sure the Home Secretary will undertake to make the possession of an ax illegal. (They've tried everything else.)

This is certainly a tragedy. Giving it the title of "hate crime" doesn't add anything to Justice surrounding the event. For some of my other thoughts on Hate Crimes, just look around.

If Guns Cause Crime, why is Switzerland so Safe?

The left is once again showing their true colors as gun grabbers. After one Presidential Campaign, in which they tried to change their spots, they are back to pushing their gun-control agenda. From gun Bans in the Senate, to ranting about gunshow loop-holes, little seems to have changed on the left since Kerry tried to convince us he was "a friend to the Second Amendment." (Not that any of us believed him.)

In Of Guns and Men, Eric Ross, raises some questions the "Guns cause crime" crowd should have to answer, but never do. How do you explain the large amount of firepower and the low amount of crime in Switzerland? If guns cause crime, Switzerland should be a war zone.
Let’s look at ... Switzerland. Tourists are astonished to see citizens carrying military rifles in public, especially at the time of a rifle competition, Schuetzenfest (shooting festival) in town. You may see men and women, old and young, even children as young as 12, carrying rifles over their shoulders on the streets, right past the police stations.
...
In fact, Switzerland has more firepower per person than any country in the world, and an average Swiss citizen has more firepower than available to combat troops in many armies. Yet, Switzerland is one of the safest places on the planet, a country where crime is virtually non-existent.
But the average man or woman in the street doesn't know this. It doesn't come up in the gun control debate, or if it does, it isn't reported by the MSM. Who being on the left are in favor of gun bans without question.

Why is it, if guns cause crime the way Sen. Feinstein would have you believe, that Switzerland does not have high crime? Or could it be that guns don't cause crime?

Are countries that outlaw guns safer than those that don't? History and Statistics are not on the side of the gun grabbers. The United Kingdom has for example basically outlawed all handguns and made the use of the few long guns still in private hands illegal to be used for self-defense. Are they safer? No. Britain has the highest crime rate of the 20 top industrialized nations (as reported by the UN).

History is also not on the side of the gun grabbers, since outlawing private arms has been followed by some horrible atrocities.
That’s what the Bolsheviks did in 1917 when they usurped power. They confiscated guns, then turned Soviet Russia into the bloodiest tyranny in history. They had a nicely-worded Constitution, not unlike the U.S., they were a “Democracy” – tens of thousands of “people’s representatives” to the Soviets (People’s Councils) were at the helm of the legislative and executive power, and… they used mass terror, wiping out about 40 million of their own people to keep the rest in obedience. Ref.
Of course the fact that American Schools no longer teach history, means the left doesn't have to confront the facts surrounding gun control in old Soviet Union, or under the Third Reich in Germany and Poland, or in Kosovo, ... The left need not reflect on the fact that gun control in this country was mostly concerned with keeping weapons out of the hands of blacks, to make them defenseless in the face of groups like the Klan. Without those inconvienent facts, the left is free to pursue gun control with the help of the MSM.

Why has the increase in gun ownership in the this country been associated with a drastic reduction of crime? If "Guns Cause Crime" then crime should have been rising for 10 years; it should not be near 30-year lows.

Why does Switzerland have such low crime? With all of those evil, nasty, military weapons (those are full auto, not semi-auto in Switzerland) are they not awash in crime?

Why does the left never have to answer the hard questions about gun control?
[Hat tip Keep and Bear Arms]

Update: August 2, 2005

Some of you are questioning the crime rate in Switzerland. Courtesy of the National Center for Policy Analysis, we have the following:
Switzerland had a homicide rate of 1.2 per 100,000 population and a robbery rate of 36 per 100,000.

Almost half of those crimes were committed by non-resident foreigners -- whom locals call "criminal tourists."

By comparison, Britain -- which has strict gun control laws -- had a homicide rate in 1994 of 1.4 per 100,000 and a robbery rate of 116 per 100,000.

Although Switzerland has local shooting contests for boys and girls ages 12 to 16, there have been no school massacres in the country.
So for the Swiss living in Switzerland, even though there are many available guns, have a very small crime rate when you remove the "criminal tourist" element.

Who is minding the store at NASA

WaPo: NASA Weighed Redesigns for Shuttle's Foam

OK you know that the foam on the external tank posses a problem. You are given 2 and ½ years (or more) to solve that problem and you don't even look at one section the tank you know to be at risk. I say you haven't lived up to your job requirements and should get the boot. These guys at NASA will probably get to serve on another 2-year-long task force.
"After 2 1/2 years of testing, the foam shouldn't have come off. They should have done something to get that foam to stick," said Paul Czysz, a professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Saint Louis University. "I would have thought after 2 1/2 years it would have been solved."
The business of space flight needs to move into private hands. NASA has proven to be singularly incapable of redesigning a problem vehicle. (Of course the damn shuttle is so old it should just be scrapped)

Combating Domestic Violence

Oralndo Sentinel: Domestic killings in Central Florida show no sign of letup While the news is not good, at least some of the judicial and law-enforcement establishment are owning up to their limitations.

Instead of claiming that restraining orders and police protection is enough, some are going farther to urge women to see to their own defense.
Volusia Circuit Court Judge Richard Graham tells anyone seeking an injunction against a violent partner that the court order is only a piece of paper.

"Anyone willing to commit murder is not going to worry about going to jail for contempt of court," Graham said.
The article focuses on shelters, as the Orlando Sentinel always does. In this case, advocating shelters as they admit court orders have problems.
"For some survivors, getting an injunction for protection [a restraining order] will actually make things worse, and for others it is the very thing that will save their life," said Gail Patin, chief executive officer of Harbor House, a shelter in a confidential location for abuse victims in Orange County.
They certainly perform a needed function, but sooner or later you must leave the shelter, and then you need to look to your own security. Or you may become another statistic:
Fawn Sue Trivette, 28, was stabbed to death this week with a knife and then a sword. The Orlando woman's boyfriend told police he killed her after an argument.

Monica Jean Greene, 33, ran screaming through her Port Orange apartment complex last month before she was shot at least six times. Her husband, whom she had divorced the day before, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Lisa Morales, 34, was found by Osceola County deputy sheriffs in April, stabbed in the neck, chest and face. Her boyfriend, who is charged with first-degree murder, told police he was angry because Morales wanted to move back to Puerto Rico.
A gun for self-defense may not have saved these women, but little else could have.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Theo Van Gogh's Killer Sentenced to Maximum

London Telegraph: Life for van Gogh killer fails to ease Dutch fears No remorse was shown - he said he would do it again. Mohammed Bouyeri was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

People in Holland fear that this killing is just the first of many problems.

Van Gogh's film, Submission, Part I, deals with the abuse of women in Islam. (It is about 15 minutes long if you want to download it.) He was executed for expressing an opinion that did not sit well with the "religion of peace" folks in Amsterdam.

Walking Robot

Land Walker For about the price of an SUV, you can have your very own battle tech (or perhaps Star Wars) walker.
Japan's Sakakibara Machinery Works has unveiled its version of a sit-in walking robot, dubbed Land Walker 2.
The 3.4m, one-tonne robot walks at 1.5km/h. It is operated by four pedals in the cockpit.
I'm willing to bet that in a few years, the speed will increase.

Very cool. [Hat tip Texican Tattler]

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Star Tribune: Sourpuss? Cats may lack a taste for sweets, study finds OK, this may or may not be interesting science to the people involved.
The research team also received funding from the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Science Foundation.
It seems to be - in some strange way - related to the study of diabetes, but knowing about what cats like to eat won't cure anything in humans. Mars, a big pet food company, also funded this... which makes sense for them. Tell me again how this relates to Veterans Affairs. [hat tip to a friend of mine, Just Dave, for sending this on via email.]

Nightstand Meme

Well Alphecca tagged me for the "What's on your nightstand?" meme about personal firearms. The answer is easy... living on a boat, I don't per se have a nightstand. But within easy reach is what I used to call the house gun. (Mine has a 4 inch barrel and is a bit shorter than what is pictured below.)
357 Magnum
Let's see if Grizzly Mama, and Baldilocks want to join in this meme.

Elderly man defends himself

68-Year-Old Man Shoots Intruder How would an elderly man be able to defend himself from an attack by 3 young criminals if he was denied access to a firearm?
A 68-year-old man in southwest Atlanta shot and critically wounded a 16-year-old boy who tried to rob him and his wife, Atlanta police said. Two women who were later found with the injured teen were arrested after fleeing the scene in a stolen car.
Yes they had a gun too, but if they didn't have a gun he would still be in trouble. Access to a firearm leveled the playing field and gave him his chance to survive.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A Filthy Lie - Evil Glenn to Sell Out to CBS

So Instapundit is Selling Out...

Well there is only one news organization that would surely be interested in buying the Instapundit Empire™ for $145 million, and that would have to be CBS.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Any other news organization would have the fact-checking ability necessary to determine a more reasonable value for the empire. (If they believed the RatherGate Memos were true, they could certainly be convinced this number is true.)

Instapundo Delenda Est!

Alphecca's Weekly Check on the Bias

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias I particularly like the write up on the woman ordered to violate the law by the judge in a divorce settlement - and when she didn't violate the law, she was thrown in jail for contempt of court. (She was ordered to transfer firearm to a convicted felon, her ex-husband.)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Tough Women

Baldilocks: There Is Hope Baldilocks (a tough woman in her own right) highlights some really tough women of the world.
Pounding her Baghdad beat, wrapped in a bulletproof vest and brandishing a pistol, Sgt. Bushra Jabar definitely stands out in the new Iraq.

She's the only woman in the Iraqi Army unit patrolling the Kharkh district in the heart of the capital.
And then there is Woman-only village of Umoja in Kenya, where Rebecca Lolosoli, matriarch of this women-only village and others are protecting young girls from forced marriages.

Resisting Crime IS a Good Idea

There was a Press Release about a week ago that discussed a study on the effects of resisting a criminal attack. I was unable, however to discover a copy of the report in minimal searching (have I mentioned that dial-up really sucks?) so I did not write about it. No Quarters was more determined and did follow up.

Resistance is Not Futile; Rather It is Highly Effective.
(PRWEB) July 16, 2005 -- Recently the Florida State University department of Criminology released a study indicating that people who employed self protection strategies reduced their likelihood of injury when compared to nonresistance.

Old research seemed to indicate that resistance to confrontational crime contributed to victim injury. New information reveals the old assumptions were found to be largely attributable to confusion concerning the sequence of self protective actions and injury. In crimes where both occurred, injury followed self protection in only 10 percent of the incidents. Combined with the fact that injuries following resistance are almost always relatively minor, victim resistance appears to be generally a wise course of action.
Does this really surprise anyone? I suppose it does. But are you seriously going to tell women not to resist if confronted by a rapist, or tell a gay man not resist if confronted by a gay-basher? What do you tell the Jew confronted by a Nazi? I don't know about you, but I think all of these people are going to better off if they resist to fullest extent they can.

The full report is available (as 7.9 Meg PDF file) - Resisting Crime: The effects of victim action on the outcome of crimes Jonhgeon Tark and Gary Kleck of Florida State University. (Thanks to Justin Buist for making the PDF file available).
It is in this light that we offer tentative advice to victims. While there are exceptional situations, victims resistance is usually either successful or inconsequential, and on the rare occasion that it is harmful, it is rarely seriously so. There fore unless there are circumstances that clearly indicate resistance will lead to significant harm, the evidence reported in this paper indicates that some form of resistance should be the path generally taken.
[Hat tip KABA and No Quarters]

Foreign Born Troops become citizens

Yahoo News: Foreign-born US soldiers take citizenship oath in Iraq
147 new citizens were sworn in, thanks to a change in the law that makes it easier for serving military to become citizens in time of war.
The event was the largest such ceremony overseas since citizenship rules were modified in November 2003 to make it easier for US military personnel to become citizens in times of war.

Military officials require recruits to be permanent US residents to join the military, but citizenship is not a requirement.

There are 45,000 non-US citizens currently serving in the US military, said Linda Dougherty, one of the US government civilian officials at the event.
[hat tip Right Side of the Rainbow]

New Home for the Cotillion

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThe Cotillion has moved!

Everyone is entitled to our opinion!

Best of Me Symphony

Owner's Manual: #87 Best of Me Symphony This week's Symphony is guest-conducted by Simon
Heffer, British writer and columnist for the Daily
Mail.

Friday, July 22, 2005

UK police stop another bomber

London Telegraph: Bomb suspect gunned down on Tube after frantic chase with armed police British police stop bomber.
The most eloquent testimony came from Mark Whitby, 47, a water installation engineer from Brixton, who was sitting on the Tube train reading a newspaper while it was stationary with its doors open.

He said: "I heard people shouting 'get down, get down'. An Asian guy ran on to the train and I looked at his face. He looked from left to right, but he basically looked like a cornered rabbit - he was absolutely petrified."

He added: "The man half tripped and was then pushed to the floor by three plain-clothes police officers who were pursuing him.

"One of the police officers was holding a black automatic pistol in his left hand.

"He held it down to him and unloaded five shots into him. I saw it all. He was dead, five shots. I was literally less than five yards away."
I am sure someone on the left will decry the fact that he was shot after he was down, but a bomber who is down may still be able to set off his bomb. It is best for all concerned if he doesn't get that chance. Whitby added, "There was also a noticeable smell of cordite, that acrid sort of gunpowder smell."

Hats off to the London Police, Scotland Yard or whichever branch of law enforcement it was that prevented another tragedy.

Now the police can't tell the criminals from the victims

One Shot During Dispute I would usually label this "Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0," but this continues the lack of distinction between who is a victim, and who is not.

Bradley Plank assaulted his girlfriend, his cousin, Chris Plank - who lived next door - and James Newton, who lived nearby. The fact that Bradley Plank was shot once to end the rampage does not make him a victim!

Bradley assaulted his girlfriend, who ran next door to where Chris (the cousin) lived. Bradley followed and assaulted both his girlfriend and his cousin. They then ran to the home of James Newton. Bradley followed, stopping only to break all of the windows out of his cousin's car. Bradley then proceeded to assault Newton and his cousin. Chris Plank retrieved a gun and shot his cousin Bradley once.

Bradley is not a victim; Bradley is a violent criminal. Chris obviously acted in self-defense. Police may charge Bradley once they can talk to him. He is in hospital in serious condition.

But Sequoyah County Sheriff Johnny Philpot is confused about who is the victim.
"There may be charges filed against the victim," Philpot said, noting that Bradley Plank's girlfriend was injured in the domestic assault.
The cousin, Chris Plank was a victim. James Newton, the neighbor, was a victim. The girlfriend is most decidedly a victim of domestic violence. Bradley Plank is not a victim. I wish that people in the press and law enforcement could get this right. If you attack me (or present a reasonable threat of imminent death or grave bodily injury), and I defend myself, you are not a victim, even if I kill you in self-defense.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Domestic assault stopped by bullet - not by Restraining Order

The Daily Reflector: Domestic assault ends in shooting These stories so often end with the ex-wife dead at the hands of an abusive ex-husband. I love reading about women strong enough to defend themselves.

Since 2 restraining orders (one of which he was convicted of violating in 1998) did not stop him from breaking in, a woman shot her ex-husband.
A 26-year-old Greenville woman told police she shot her ex-husband early Monday after he forced his way into her apartment.

The woman told police she grabbed a handgun and told the man to leave her Cedar Creek residence, located on McGregor Downs Road, after he broke in and assaulted her around 2:30 a.m. When he came toward her, she shot him in the abdomen.
He was in serious condition.

A new restraining order, filed in February did not stop him. Fast-moving lead stopped him.

Tuesday's Cotillion - in four parts

Welcome To A Cotillion Carousel ! from Dr. Sanity

Leading Men from Girl on the Right

The Cotillion Costume Ball from Annika's Journal

Reading Assignment: Cotillion from My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Shoot to Kill

Commercial Appeal: Robbery suspect killed at diner As after so many of these incidents, the dead robber's family is upset that the person who stopped the crime, shot to kill
."I heard he didn't get no money or nothing," Williams said, standing on the porch of the restaurant at 3530 Summer, where customers continued to come in for breakfast. "That man that shot him could have just shot him in the arm or leg."
Shooting to wound is not taught in any course I am aware of. Most classes teach shooting to "center of mass," that is to center of the chest. Some law enforcement types are taught "2 to the chest, 1 to the head."

If you attempt to commit a crime, and are confronted by an armed citizen, I think you will likely end up dead and most likely end up shot. I have no statistics to back this up, just my daily review of news stories on the subject. Armed citizens do NOT have to - indeed do not want to - capture suspects like the police have to do. Armed citizens want to end threatening situations. They will shoot until the threat is removed.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Burning Churches

Hearld Tribune: Church gets outpouring of support In the 1950's and 60's (and yes, even much more recently) the self-appointed defenders of society (the Klan and its sympathizers) burned down black churches is an effort to hold back the civil rights movement. Those wonderful Christians in the Klan waged a terrorist campaign to ensure a whole class of people were denied their human rights.

Now the self-appointed defenders of society are burning churches that welcome gay and lesbian members.

Five days after the Reformed United Church of Christ announced and endorsement of same-sex marriage,
someone broke into St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ [in Middlebrook, Virginia]. The perpetrator smashed a window of the fellowship room, then crawled in and set fire to a pew and the choir platform where the organist plays. The only clue to motive was anti-gay graffiti spray-painted on the red brick wall in the rear.
People threatened by change often result to violence.

Terrorists are everywhere, and come in all ideological flavors. I will not be surprised to find that the arsonist in this case considered this to be a "good Christian act," just like those acts of terrorism committed by the Klan.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Mother defends herself and her children from intruder

Kansas City Star: Mother of four shoots man after break-in. She refused to let him in when he was banging on her door at 4 AM. (Who wouldn't refuse?) When he broke in, she shot him in the head.

He is expected to survive, as it appears the bullet only grazed his head.
Homicide Sgt. Keith Kirchhoff said the intruder was not a complete stranger to the woman. He said she "knew of him," but it was unclear what his intentions were this morning.

"We don't know the purpose," Kirchhoff said. "I could only guess."
I don't think it is hard to guess at what he intended to do.

The really troubling part of this story is what the paper didn't say. Can he be charged with something severe enough to lock him up for a good long time, or will be out of jail in no time and breaking into this woman's home again?

Watching the Weasels

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.

Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

Best of Me Symphony

The Owners Manual: BOMS

This week's Symphony is guest-conducted by Jean-Paul
Marat, firebrand polemicist of the French Revolution.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Team Infidel draws Fatwa

Team Infidel (and AnarchAngel) for espousing several things that can be done with a Koran, has apparently drawn fire. The FBI apparently believes it is a "credible threat."

The Peace-loving religion can't deal with alternate opinions. As Ken at It Comes in Pints? Says:
Everyone knows that, had TI made similar posts about the Bible, the NEA would have showered them with grant money.

Securing Private Property Under the Law

Hold The Mayo (The Truth Served Plain) has reached the final version of the Amendment proposed to rectify the Kelo ruling which came out of SCOTUS this year. (For those of you not paying attention, this ruling says there is no such thing - really - as private property. Also it allows de facto central planning.)
The right to ownership of property being the cornerstone of liberty, no government, or agency thereof, within these United States shall have the authority to take property from any person, corporation, or organization through exercise of eminent domain for other than a public use without just compensation.

Public use shall be understood to be property the government owns or retains the paramount interest in, and the public has a legal right to use. Public use shall be understood to include property the government owns and maintains as a secure facility. Public use shall not be construed to include economic development or increased tax revenue. Public use of such property shall be maintained for a period of not less than 25 years.

Just compensation shall be the higher of twice the average of the price paid for similar property in the preceding six months, or twice the average of the previous 10 recorded similar property transactions. Compensation paid shall be exempt from taxation in any form by any government within these United States.
There is also a petition to get Congress to act.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

NYT thinks anti-gay child abuse is fashionable

A Stich in Haste: New York Times Delenda Est Kip has some strong words for the NYTimes.
WARNING: This blogpost contains foul language. I'm sorry, but I refuse to be genteel about this subject.
You see, they have burried a fairly important story about anti-gay child abuse in the Fashion section of the newspaper.

Kind of sucks.

A Tale of Two Homeowners

First we have the "give the criminal what he wants, and you will be safe," school of homeownership.

WVLT Volunteer TV: Homeowner shot in home invasion Knoxville
Police say just after 12:30 a.m. Friday, a couple was asleep in their home on Johnston Avenue when a man standing over their bed woke them up and demanded money.

The home owner gave him some money, the suspect then took him at gunpoint to another part of the house where he shot him in the knee and abdomen.
This homeowner did what he was told, and is in the hospital with serious wounds.

It is quite likely that this homeowner, surprised in the middle of the night, had no choice but to comply. The point is that complying with the criminal did not result in safety. (The complete lack of home security is another issue.)

Next we have the "My home is my castle," school of homeownership.

Houston Chronicle - Police: Armed burglar killed by homeowner
A northwest Loop-area homeowner shot and killed an intruder early today, Houston police said.

The dead suspect, who has not yet been identified, was shot by Peter Heckler, 51, when he threatened Heckler with a weapon while trying to break into Heckler's home about 3:45 a.m., police said.
This is not vigilante justice. This is not criminal. This is self-defense. (This homeowner was unharmed.)

Giving criminals what they want does not ensure your safety. Giving criminals what they want leads to more crime. (If they get what they want from you, they will try to take more from someone else.)

The Insanity of Hate Crimes Laws

JusticeCBS 2 Chicago: Homicide Shows Flaw In Illinois Hate Crime Law What is the flaw, you ask? Prosecutors in Illinois - a Capital Punishment state (at least on paper) - cannot charge the mutant in a stabbing murder with a hate crime. They will be forced to settle for charging him with first degree murder and seeking the death penalty. I wonder what the addition of a "hate crime" charge could do to the mix.

There is no doubt that this was a hate crime. The victim was a cross-dresser who worked as a hair stylist. The mutant was shouting insults even after he stabbed the victim. Plenty of evidence and plenty of witnesses are available to the prosecution.

There is no doubt that this is a tragedy to the friends and family of the victim, but adding some bogus addendum to the crime is beside the point. They should prosecute the monster to full extent of the law and when (or if) he is convicted, execute him. More justice cannot be had in this case. More labels cannot bring more justice.

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Politics of Self-defense

A-Human-Right: Stay Safe I often make use of images from A-Human-Right, but I thought I would take a look at some of the writing there.

In light of the Castle Rock v. Gonzales ruling made recently by the Supreme Court, self-defense is more in the limeligt.
Avoiding a confrontation is usually the best policy. However, sometimes that is not enough, just like careful driving is not a 100% guarantee that no accidents will happen over your lifetime. Wearing seatbelts, having a first aid kit and the skill to use it does not make you more likely to get into a car crash. Those measures can, however, make a difference between life and death.
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No matter what some people would say, being a victim isn't noble or morally superior to being a capable survivor. Getting chewed up by a bear or cut up by a criminal would be equally painful and equally preventable. Taking precautions does not mean inviting trouble: on the contrary, that usually involves learning about potential threats and studiously avoiding them.
Many pieces of advice often given to women are reviewed: scratch them with your keys, use a personal alarm, go someplace for help. Never is any really effective means of self-defense mentioned.

Go see all the images at A-Human-Right.

Self-defense is a natural right

The Intellectual Conservative: The Right to Self-Defense Wendy McElroy writes a great critique of the Castle Rock v. Gonzales case and the position of various organizations around the question of self-defense.

This decision should not have been a surprise to anyone.
[L]ocal officials fell back upon a rich history of court decisions that found the police to have no constitutional obligation to protect individuals from private individuals. In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide such protection. In 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, "...there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen."
But her statement about gun rights goes right to heart of the matter.
Given the court's position that the police are not obliged to protect us, responsible adults need the ability to defend themselves. Thus, no law or policy should impede the access to gun ownership.
...
The current mainstream of feminism -- from which most anti-domestic violence advocates proceed -- is an expression of left liberalism. It rejects private solutions based on individual rights in favor of laws aimed at achieving social goals. A responsible individual holding a gun in self-defense does not fit their vision of society.
"Women as victim feminism," as practiced by NOW cannot survive this court decision, because the state cannot be forced to step in. If you want to be safe, you need to take responsibility for your own safety.

Go read the entire article, it is good.

Grand Jury agrees, it was self-defense

ChannelCincinnati.com: Homeowner, 79, Not Charged For Shooting Intruders

In a case I wrote about a few days ago, the Grand Jury has agreed that Gayle Martin of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, shot the two intruders in his home in self-defense.

25-year-old Paul McGraw, and 19-year-old Justin Moore both were charged with burglary. One of them was found wounded in the driveway of the house they broke into. The other was found by following a trail of blood. (A .357 magnum will ruin your day.)

Terrorists Kill 32 Iraqi Children

Mail & Guardian Online: Children are main victims of Iraq blast In the Shia area of east Baghdad, 32 children are dead and 31 children are wounded in an attack supposed to be on US troops.
Sergeant David Abrams of the US army said: "The vehicle, laden with explosives, drove up to a Humvee before detonating. Many Iraqi civilians, mostly children, were around the Humvee at the time of the blast."

He told reporters: "The car bomber must have seen the children in advance and made a deliberate choice."
But the left will claim - does claim - that there is no difference between us and them.
[hat tip Little Miss Atilla]

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Liberty and Security

London Telegraph: The right not to be bombed outweighs liberties, says Clarke. British Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, is talking about giving up some liberty to gain some security. On the surface, this sounds good, but I am too suspicious of governments to agree deep down.
[Clarke] yesterday urged European politicians to put the fight against terrorism above concerns for civil liberties, declaring that the right not to be blown up was the greatest human right of all.
CCTV did not prevent the explosions, but are aiding the investigation, which may - no guarantee - prevent future terror attacks.

Biometric IDs, Closed Circuit surveillance of public spaces, being required to show "your papers" before riding airlines, trains, and soon perhaps busses and mass transit... will this make us safer, or just more subject to control? What kind of world will we live in?

UN disarming the world - or trying to

Heartless Librertarian: More Proof that the UN is not our friend HL has a good piece of writing on the UN's attempt to disarm the world, and why that idea sucks.

The UN is not the United Democracies. Of course the governments of the UN do not want average citizens to have weapons. And as HL points out, genocide is much easier when the victims are disarmed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Political Correctness at the BBC

London Telegraph: BBC edits out the word terrorist. BBC apparently has softened its stories on the recent bombings to remove the word "terrorist." Wouldn't want to be accused of prejudice. They are merely bombers not terrorists.

Does anyone believe that the BBC is an objective news source? [h/t NRA-ILA]

Restraining orders didn't stop murder suicide

Greeley Tribune: 'We were stunned and shocked' The family was stunned that a man repeatedly charged with domestic violence ended by killing his ex-wife. What planet are they living on?
Rodriguez's family and friends from Fort Collins and Greeley said they wanted him remembered as someone who loved his second wife deeply.
Raymond Rodriguez loved his wife, Sylvia Gonzales, so much that he shot and killed her, before killing himself.
Rodriguez has a lengthy history of domestic violence against Gonzales, including restraining order violations, a burglary to her home this spring and a sexual assault from last fall.
The family claims that much of this was without merit. On what grounds I wonder?

The day of the killings, police negotiated with Rodriguez for four hours before the gunshots rang out. Some wonder if they had acted, would the two be alive.

The point is that the state cannot ensure your safety. Restraining orders and a dozen police officers on the scene did not stop this tragedy.

Alphecca's Tuesday Check on the Media Bias

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias. A good bet for Tuesday reading. This week is no exception.

This week's Cotillion

This week's editon of the Cotillion is in 3 parts. Your hostesses have offered the following selections.
Feisty Repartee: Come Dance with Us

Sisu: "There is a war going on, and words are as powerful as weapons"

Villainous Company: The Gloves Come Off
These are also cross-posted at the Cotillion
Come Dance with us

"There is a war going on, and words are as powerful as weapons"

The Gloves Come Off

Monday, July 11, 2005

Srebrenica 10 years on

10 years ago, on the afternoon of 11 July 1995, Bosnian Serb troops began the final extermination of the Muslim population of Srebrenica.

London Telegraph: Grief and Guilt at Graveside. The diplomats bemoan the occurrence. Even Kofi Annan *spit* accepts some responsibility on behalf of the UN, but it is not enough.

The Useless Nitwits at the United Nations don't want the people of the world to have access to small arms (things like AK-47's or FN/FAL rifles). Yet Srebrenica demonstrates to the world that the UN will not protect those people when they need protection.

Srebrenica was to have been a UN enforced "safe area." It became a death trap.
When the Serbian onslaught rolled through Srebrenica, it made a mockery of United Nations Security Council Resolution 819, passed in April 1993, establishing it as a "safe area' after an earlier brutal offensive. Resolution 836 "guaranteed" protection for Srebrenica by "all necessary means, including the use of force", stipulating that "all military or paramilitary units would either withdraw from the demilitarized zone or surrender all their arms." The battered conclave was put into the care of the UN's Dutch battalion in February 1995.

Instead of a safe area, Srebrenica under relentless shelling became a nightmare zone. The town was teeming with refugees, many living on the streets. As the Serbs prepared their final solution to the siege, they blocked most UN aid convoys into Srebrenica, cutting off food shipments, medical supplies and even the supply of shoes. The Serbs confiscated cooking salt from UN aid convoys, replacing it with industrial salt to poison the townspeople.
The safe areas became UN-run concentration camps.

Some accounts hold that even though the use of force was authorized in advance, UN troops offered NO Resistance to the Serbs.

After the city was overrun, mass executions began. Did the UN try to stop them? No.
The UN Dutch battalion was even giving the Bosnian Serbs the fuel to drive the buses that brought the victims to the execution sites and the bulldozers which ploughed the corpses of their victims into the ground. [Ref.]
But the UN (and Amnesty International and many others) believe that citizens should be disarmed - as they were in Srebrenica, as they were in the Warsaw Ghetto, and in many other places genocide has been carried out. They say that the UN or the "International Community" will come to your aid. To the people who say this, I would ask them to name 3 places in which this international community came to anyone's aid in time to prevent most of the atrocities from occurring.

Earlier in the year, we observed the anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. The speeches were about "learning the lessons of history," to ensure the horrors would not be repeated. But they have been repeated, over and over again. And over and over again, a disarmed populace is left at the mercy of those bent on genocide. Srebrenica is only the one we are talking about today. Someday our attention will return to Darfur, or we will remember the Hutu/Tutsi conflict. But I doubt seriously that the international community will ever come to the aid of those being exterminated by their own governments.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

ChannelCincinnati.com: 79-Year-Old Shoots Two Intruders, Police Say. 79-year-old, Dry Ridge, Kentucky homeowner armed with a .357 Magnum (My house gun of choice) defeats 2 would-be-intruders who kicked in his back door at 5 AM.
Police said they found one wounded man in the driveway and followed a trail of blood to the other man nearby.
One of the neighbors had some advice for anyone else contemplating a break-in, "[D]on't pick the wrong door."

The bad guys were airlifted to a regional medical facility. The names are being withheld to protect everyone's rights. [hat tip Keep And Bear Arms]

Revolving Jail-Door for estranged husband

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Woman fends off husband with stun gun. Once again there is little penalty and little protection offered to a wife threatened and battered by an estranged husband.
Arbrey Vernon, 36, was charged with simple battery, cruelty to children and criminal trespass. He was freed on bond.
Jamie Vernon shot Arbrey with a stun gun, so she had some thought to defending herself. Which is good since the criminal justice system turned him loose.

I don't disagree with his release on principle. But I think this points up the absurdity of saying that you will rely for your safety on the police. Jamie Vernon may be called on to defend herself again, or she may not, but she cannot rely on the police to take care of her. [hat tip KABA]

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis

The Ralph Waldo Emerson version of the Best of Me Symphony is up and running at Owner's Manual. (The title is a quote from Emerson.) Go take a look.

Coalition of the Willing

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.

Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

MSM never sees self-defense as option

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Ex-boyfriend arrested in two killings More lies from the MSM
Rashae Alicia Morgan did what she could to protect herself from a violent boyfriend.

She repeatedly called police to report incidents, obtained a restraining order, moved into her own apartment.
But did she do everything she could? No. She continued to have contact with her abuser, even after he threw her out of their home and destroyed some of her possessions.

Ms. Morgan could also have purchased and learned to use a firearm. Failing that she could have prepared some means of defense.

This would not have ensured her survival - there are no guarantees in this life. But she could have done something to defend herself. (I like firearms as an effective means of defense.)

But the real point is how this story is reported. Ms. Morgan did some things to ensure her safety, but the reporter never mentions what other women in similar situations can do about ensuring their safety. Self-defense rests on personal initiative and personal responsibility, and mainstream media is all about relying on the state for everything in life. Self-defense does not fit into their worldview.

Defense of Self, or Family

Capital News: No charges for wife who shot and killed her husband A tragic story out of New York illustrates that you can use force to defend others as well as yourself.

Robert O'Neill was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He threatened police and terrorized his family. He was an ex-cop and a Vietnam veteran. When Joan O'Neill shot her husband in the back, he was holding a gun on her son. Robert died

Although a charge of Second Degree Murder was presented to a Grand Jury, it seems more for the sake of following the forms. "At a press conference, Special Prosecutor Louise Sira painted a dark picture of how the events unfolded over the years."

You can come to the aid of your family, or others under very restricted conditions.

Beating the Police State

American Chronicle: Faulty Speed and Red Light Cameras: Self Defense. I know this is off-topic, but I love anything that sticks it to the police state.
PhotoBlocker (tm) is so effective at preventing speed camera and red light camera tickets that the state of Illinois has banned the product, which has given the company a tremendous boost in sales.
Richie Daley - with help from the Governor's office - is intent on turning Illinois into a perfect little copy of a socialist republic. I'm glad there is something that can turn the tide.

National Rifle and Pistol Competition

The Plain Dealer: Camp Perry hosts all the big shots. A very nice article about the shooting sports. It manages to cover all aspects including getting young kids involved with shooting without one word of nay saying from the Brady Bunch or other gun fearing weenies.

I just wish I could go for a day or 2.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Dial up sucks

It would almost be worth it to head back to Florida in the face of a Hurricane in order to get my high-speed connection. I'm afraid I may be addicted to blogging.....

Not only was he shot 9 times, he now gets 75 years to life

San Jose Mercury News: Intruder who was shot by homeowner sentenced to life term. Given that Carolyn Lisle shot William Kriske 9 times (with 2 handguns) I would say she needs a bigger weapon. But she got the job done.
Kriske, carrying an ax handle, entered Lisle's home after opening a sliding glass door in February 2004 as she and three friends were watching evening television. The friends fled as Lisle grabbed a gun and opened fire, striking Kriske in the wrist.

"He was like a mosquito hitting the window. Every time he turned around, poweee," Lisle, a retired state worker who once worked as a correctional officer, said at the time.

Kriske then tried to steal a motorcycle from a home across the street, but was chased off by neighbors who by then also had armed themselves.
Carolyn Lisle stopped a violent criminal. California's three strikes law will make sure he stays off the streets for a long time.

If the gun-banners had their way, this criminal would not have been stopped, and who knows if Ms. Lisle and her friends would have escaped harm. (How do you fight off a person with an ax handle?)

Ted Nugent Keeps Rockin'

The Texas Monitor: Rockin' with the Nuge. Well I can never pass up a good story about Ted Nugent, and this is a good story. I particularly like the dust-up between the Nuge and the show Austin City Limits.[hat tip Alphecca]

What we need is strict control of baseball bats

San Jose Mercury News: Boy convicted of murder in Palmdale baseball bat beating death. I think this makes it clear that you should have to be 21 to purchase a baseball bat, and that no one convicted of felony or found to have a history of mental illness should be allowed to purchase a baseball bat. All baseball bats should be serialized and purchase should be registered with the government.

Then we can get the city of Palmdale to sue the manufacturer of the baseball bat for creating a faulty product and failing to keep it out of the hands of baseball players prone to violence. </sarcasm>

While this is surely a tragedy for all concerned, the manufacturer is clearly not responsible. There is in fact only one person responsible (beyond a reasonable doubt), the person who swung the bat.

"Gun Free" England

Hackney Gazette: Gun statistic shock. A leaked police report - had to be leaked because England is no-longer a free society, and things of this nature cannot be released through official channels.
ONE out of every 10 secondary schoolboys has carried a gun in the past year, according to a shocking leaked report. [My emphasis, Z-Deb]
10% of 11 to 15 year-old youths have carried guns at least once. And I doubt that they carried once, and then decided it was safer to leave the firearm at home for the rest of the year.

So much for England being "gun free." [hat tip KABA]

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Right to Real Property

Hold the Mayo is still honing in on the text of Constitutional Amendment to redress the Kelo ruling from the Supreme Court. Go take a look and and your comments.

Update July 8, 2005: Newest Version of the proposal.

More Definitions the MSM has trouble with

A large group of people throwing rocks and bottles at police are not Protestors; they are Rioters.

Protestors are by definition peaceful. Carrying signs, chanting chants, and yelling are one thing. Committing acts of violence is something completely different and has nothing whatsoever to do with Free Speech.

How American am I?

You Are 73% American
Most times you are proud to be an American.
Though sometimes the good ole US of A makes you cringe
Still, you know there's no place better suited to be your home.
You love your freedom and no one's going to take it away from you!


Thanks to the Llama Butchers (At least one of whom is a real American.)

This week's dance card for the Cotillion

Little Miss Attila

Reasoned Audacity

The Anchoress

Steal the Bandwagon

The Cotillion. More Cotillion.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Restraining Orders: Is 80% enough to stake your life on?

San Luis Obispo Tribune: Restraining orders can't stop the most violent abusers An article that tries to paint a balanced picture of restraining orders, but seems to be bending over backwards to do it.
A 2002 Washington state study found that 80 percent of women who requested a restraining order in domestic violence cases reported no repeated partner violence to law officers in the year after the order was issued.
If anti-virus and firewall software only stopped 80% of the viruses - and not the worst 20% at that - would anyone use the internet? If cars only stopped 80% of the time you stepped on the brakes, how many of us would drive? Yet we are encouraged by the left, to disarm, to hand our security over to the state, and believe that the police will keep us safe. This seems insane to me.

If the best anti-virus software only caught 90% of the virus, I don't think I would use email much. If the brakes on my car only worked 99.5% of the time, I would walk much more than I do. 80% success (and they never seem to talk about years 2, 3, etc.) does not seem nearly enough to rest my security on.

What do you think?

Institutional Indifference to Domestic Violence

Mother Jones: The Counselor An interesting portrait on institutional indifference to domestic violence in a state where battered women are all but disarmed.
We had one [LAPD officer] who spent more time talking victims out of prosecuting, which is totally against policy.
Only about a third of cases reported in LA are prosecuted - lack of evidence.

Generally this is a disturbing look at the institutional disregard given domestic violence complaints in LA. From judges who do not know the law, to police, who cannot be bothered to enforce it. All in one of the most liberal states, where the battered women have no chance to obtain a concealed carry license. CA is a state where firearms themselves (concealed or in your home) are under attack, and yet it is a state where the police in the largest city don't care about domestic violence victims.

CNN hates to say anything bad about Islam

CNN.com: Gunmen killed at Indian temple. "Mysterious" gunmen attack a religious site claimed by both Hindu and Islam. That these gunmen made use of a car bomb is strangely absent from the CNN account. Even the Guardian mentions this, attributes the attack (well sort of) to Islamic extremists.

CNN does mention - toward the end of the article - that the site has a history of tension been Hindu and Islam, dating to th 1500s. But is it such a stretch to admit that an attack of this nature was probably launched by Muslims upset by the fact that a mosque on the site was destroyed a few years ago? I will grant that the Indian government has not attributed the source of the attack, but the Hindu community is not confused about the source, and Guardian reports that. CNN does not report this.

It Must Be Time to Check on the Bias

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias. A good review of the week. Touching on the Washington, DC gun ban and a few moves by Congress to change things. There is some mania over proposed changes to Virginia's gun Laws, and a look at "gun-free" England, where 10% of teenage boys in London have carried a concealed firearm in the last 12 months. And more.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Cotillion's July 4 Gala

US Yacht EnsignA tribute to milbloggers everywhere. A fitting celebration for Independence Day.

Also don't miss Debutantes in Boots!

Trying to have it both ways

The WaPo has an interesting story about a Man Jailed in Restraining Order Wedding. The bride, Rachel Dunham, first gets a restraining order against Rodney Tomsha, and then she marries him.

The police arrested him after the reception for violating the restraining order. Hey, they are just enforcing the order. The bride can't be expected to be responsible for her own protection... that would involve individual responsibility, and individual rights and individual liberty. We can't have that in modern America.

Actually, I would be interested to know what anyone who is wringing their hands over the recent SCOTUS ruling on restraining orders thinks of this case. I bet we will see her sue the cops for enforcing the order. Unless of course she was forced into the marriage, and since he is now in jail, she could bring any facts of this nature to light. (You can't sue them for non-enforcement; who is to say you can't sue them for enforcement?)

This is one of the reasons police have so much trouble with restraining orders. After one is issued, the petitioner is right back with the abuser. This does not happen in every case, of course, but in too many it does.

More whining about restraining orders

JusticeLA Times Commentary: Battered Women Betrayed Sarah Buel, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, is upset that the Supreme Court ruled that police cannot be sued over a restraining order.
The unavoidable result of this decision is that cowardly cops will once again feel empowered to ignore battered women's pleas for help. When I left my abusive husband in 1977, domestic violence restraining orders were nonexistent and the police repeatedly counseled me to be a more patient wife. Today, that mind-set has begun to change. Most police officers are now aware of the dangers women can face in their homes, and take seriously their job of enforcing the law. But those cops who refuse to do so must be held responsible.
This is the "Woman as Victim" flavor of feminism. I don't counsel her to be "more patient wife." I would counsel her to buy a firearm and invest in some lessons. (Or some other means of self-defense if she really doesn't like firearms.) Decent firearms can be had at a gun show for around 200 dollars. (Not tack-driving target-shooting firearms, but reliable defense can certainly be had for less that $250.)

The professor goes on to advocate "taking action." But the action she speaks of is insane: publishing the names of unresponsive officers on a web page. (That will make a difference!) No mention of self-defense is made. No mention of taking responsibility for your own safety is made. No attempt to convince people to stop being victims is made. This article is one long complaint that the government won't protect me. (Well, not “won't,” but that the government isn't responsible if it fails to protect me.)

Quentin Crisp Edition of the Best of Me Symphony

Owner's Manual: Best of Me Symphony #84 is up and ready to go. Quentin Crisp is known in the US for his book The Naked Civil Servant.

Watcher's Council

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.

Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

The End of Freedom

The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.

- John Adams

This is why I am so upset about the recent Kelo ruling by the Supreme Court. It is Central Planning. [hat tip Homefront Six]

A View from Iraq

365 and a Wakeup: The Endgame Thunder6 is a blogger, a member of the United States Military,and is stationed in Iraq.

In this interesting piece of writing he discusses what we need to accomplish in Iraq and the nature of the enemy.
In case you have been living under a rock for the last several years I will spell it out for you in as clear a fashion as I am able. The insurgents are composed of two primary groups. The first is composed of former Baath Party member who long to once again crush their populace for their own personal gain. The second group is inhabited by jihadists whose malignant form of Islam calls for the destruction of anything counter to their backwards ideology. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not bashing the whole of Islam. I’m referring to a small but virulent subset of the religion that is bent on imposing their draconian will on others.
Thunder6 has a hope for Iraq: That the new democracy survives and future generations are not faced with wars in that part of the world. I think we can all get behind that sentiment.

Thank you Thunder6, for doing your part to make America safe, and for sharing your views with us.

July 4th and the Declaration of Independence

Eric's Grumbles Before the Grave: The Minutemen and April 19th is an appropriate July 4th post, as Eric deals with the Minutemen and the Declaration of Indepedence.
The first battle of the American Revolution was not fought to gain freedom from the British Crown, but instead to defend the right of free men to keep and bear arms and the right to not be subject to unreasonable search and seizure (Hancock and Adams were to be seized on orders from a military governor who had suspended civil liberties, including assembly, petition and the colony's legislature).
"The Shot Heard Round the World" fired in Concord, Massachussetts was the begining of the American Revolution, and one year later, the Declaration would be signed, as Eric says, it is "one of the greatest documents supporting liberty and freedom ever written."

Short Sighted Oil Policy

The Word Unheard: Selling Unocal to China's CNOOC Strategically Irresponsible USMC Vet has some strong feelings about the possible (impending?) sale of Unocal to China.
It cannot be understated how incredibly and unbelievably mindless any sale of Unocal (or any other American oil producer) to China's CNOOC (or any other Chinese 'company') from a strategic and national security standpoint.
China is not really a friend, yet not really an enemy. Still, they are not being nice about Taiwan, and other US interests, so perhaps this deal should be stopped.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Jackson, MS: Neighbor Shoots Would-Be Teen Burglar. Neighborhood kid in a mask trys to break into his neighbor's house. He is met by a homeowner with a shotgun, and the would-be burglar is shot.

The burglar was in critical condition - he colapsed while trying to get back to his own home.

The homeowner will not be charged - it was self-defense, after all.

More on SCOTUS Restraining Order Ruling

GrannyTiger: Paper Won't Restrain A Maniac, But A Little Backup Would Be Nice. An interesting piece of writing about restraining orders and whether or not police assistance amounts to anything.

Some people believe that this means the value of a restraining order has changed. GT has a different perspective (one I share):
I beg to differ. It's more true than [the attorney in the case] would like to believe, and many who have taken out restraining orders know it. Thank goodness they do. To rely on a piece of paper to keep you safe, and therefore drop your guard where a violent person is concerned, is foolhardy and dangerously naive.
Restraining orders have a place in domestic violence cases, but they are not bullet-proof vests.

The Colorado Bar Association has this to say on the subject of restraining orders:
A protective order is only one part of a safety plan. Having a protective order does not ensure safety. A protective order is only as good as the abuser’s willingness to obey it. A protective order should not be used to give a victim a false sense of safety; it is not a bullet-proof shield.
While GrannyTiger believes that this SCOTUS ruling lets police off the hook, I think it serves to give notice to everyone who has or is seeking a restraining order - this piece of paper is not enough. You have much to do to achieve safety for yourself, your family.

Firearm Safety Camp

Youth camp teaches firearms, water safety and self-defense. A shrerrif has revived a youth firearm safety program.
Wednesday, 26 campers ages 10-14 were involved in the third of five one-day firearm camps sponsored by the Caddo sheriff's office. sheriff's deputies numbering one to every two children monitored the safe use of the Cricket .22-caliber rifles.
These kinds of camps were once quite common in America. I think it is great that they are being revived.
"The idea is to teach safety," Hays said of the firearm skills. "Most children around here start hunting at an early age with their parents and are already around guns. We teach them how to handle them safely."

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator, who revitalized the youth firearm program last year, would agree; he learned firearm safety through a similar camp when he was a boy.

"I learned to shoot from Harold Terry even before he became sheriff." Terry was the Caddo sheriff from 1976 to 1980.
The workshop also includes how to identify and get away from potential child abusers, and information on police and firesafety procedures.

A positive article with no views from hysterical gun-fearing weenies.