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Reasons to own a Firearm
Cannot Protect And Are Not Required To Protect Every Individual
Fear Armed Citizens More Than The Police
have consistently ruled that the police do not have an obligation
to protect individuals, only the public in general. For
example, in Warren v. D.C. the court stated "courts have without exception
concluded that when a municipality or other governmental entity undertakes
to furnish police services, it assumes a duty only to the public at large
and not to individual members of the community."
Florida Attorney General Jim Smith told Florida legislators that police
responded to only about 200,000 of 700,000 calls for help (28.57%)
to Dade County authorities. Smith was asked why so many citizens in Dade
County were buying guns and he said, "They damn well better, they've
got to protect themselves."
of Justice found that in 1989, there were 168,881 crimes of violence which
were not responded to by police within 1 hour.
there are about 150,000 police officers on duty at any one time to protect
a population of more than 250 million Americans or almost 1,700 citizens
1985, the National Institute for Justice reported that:
Turning From Anti-Gun Position
of felons polled agreed that "a criminal is not going to mess around
with a victim he knows is armed with a gun."
of felons polled agreed that "criminals are more worried about meeting
an armed victim than they are about running into the police."
of felons polled agreed that "one reason burglars avoid houses when
people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime."
GA. In 1982, this suburb of Atlanta passed a law requiring heads of households
to keep at least one weapon in the house. The residential burglary rate
subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to the modest 10.4%
drop in Georgia as a whole.
later (1991), the residential burglary rate in Kennesaw was still 72% lower
than it had been in 1981, before the law was passed.
FL. In 1966-67, the media highly publicized a safety course which taught
Orlando women how to use guns. The result: Orlando's rape rate dropped
88% in 1967, whereas the rape rate remained constant in the rest of
Florida and the nation.
With Waiting Periods And Background Checks
Kleck a criminologist at Florida State University, Kleck began his research
as a firm believer in gun control. But in a speech delivered to the National
Research Council, he said while he was once "a believer in the 'anti-gun'
thesis," he has now moved "beyond even the skeptic position." Dr. Kleck
now says the evidence "indicates that general gun availability does
not measurably increase rates of homicide, suicide, robbery, assault, rape,
or burglary in the U.S."
Wright. Formerly a gun control advocate, Wright received a grant from President
Carter's Justice Department to study the effectiveness of gun control laws.
To his surprise, he found that waiting periods, background checks, and
all other gun control laws were not effective in reducing violent
says at one time, "It seemed evident to me, we needed to mount a campaign
to resolve the crisis of handgun proliferation." But he says, "I am
now of the opinion that a compelling case for 'stricter gun control' cannot
Periods Threaten The Safety Of People In Imminent Danger
Checks Do Not Disarm The Violent Criminal Population
Elmasri. She inquired about getting a gun to protect herself from a husband
who had repeatedly threatened to kill her. She was told there was a 48
hour waiting period to buy a handgun. But unfortunately, Bonnie was never
able to pick up a gun. She and her two sons were killed the next day by
an abusive husband of whom the police were well aware.
Cpl. Rayna Ross. She bought a gun (in a non-waiting period state) and used
it to kill an attacker in self-defense two days later. Had a 5-day waiting
period been in effect, Ms. Ross would have been defenseless against the
man who was stalking her.
riots. USA Today reported that many
of the people rushing to gun stores during the 1992 riots were "lifelong
gun-control advocates, running to buy an item they thought they'd never
need." Ironically, they were outraged to discover they had to wait 15
days to buy a gun for self-defense.
Restraints On Rights Are Unconstitutional
Department survey of felons showed that 93% of handgun predators had obtained
their most recent guns "off-the-record."
reports show that the few criminals who get their guns from retail outlets
can easily get fake IDs or use surrogate buyers, known as "straw purchasers,"
to buy their guns.
Second Amendment Protects An Individual Right
Courts Agree That Rights Should Be Free From Prior Restraints
by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution
(1982) "The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept,
and wording of the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the
first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected
is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in
a peaceful manner."
Court admits "the people" in the Second Amendment are the same "people"
as in the rest of the Bill of Rights In U.S. v. Vergudo-Urquidez
the Court stated that "'the people' seems to have been a term of art
employed in select parts of the Constitution.... [and] it suggests that
'the people' protected by the Fourth Amendment, and by the First
and Second Amendments, and to whom rights and powers are reserved
in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, refers to a class of persons
who are part of a national community or who have otherwise developed sufficient
connection with this country to be considered part of that community."
Background Checks Can Lead To Gun Registration
Minnesota In this case, the Supreme Court stated that government officials
should punish the abuse of a right and not place prior restraints on the
exercise of the right.
yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater? The courts have stated that one cannot
use his "freedom of speech" to yell "Fire" in a crowded theater. And yet,
no one argues that officials should gag everyone who goes into the theater.
The proper response is to punish the person who does yell "Fire. " Likewise,
citizens should not be "gagged" before exercising their Second Amendment
rights, rather they should be punished if they abuse that right.
With Gun Registration And Licensing
Department report (1989) "Any system that requires a criminal history record
check prior to purchase of a firearm creates the potential for the automated
tracking of individuals who seek to purchase firearms.''
State officials have for years been using the state background check required
during the waiting period to compile an illegal registry of handgun owners.
These lists have been compiled without any statutory authority to do so.
The BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) has also been compiling
an illegal gun owner list by going to dealers' stores and copying the 4473
forms which are kept there. By copying these forms, which contain the name
and addresses of gun buyers, the BATF is violating federal law.
Licensing Or Registration Can Lead To Confiscation Of Firearms
The Power To License A Right Is The Power To Destroy A Right
In the mid-1960's officials in New York City began registering long guns.
They promised they would never use such lists to take away firearms from
honest citizens. But in 1991, the city banned (and soon began confiscating)
many of those very guns.
In 1992, a New York city paper reported that, "Police raided the home of
a Staten Island man who refused to comply with the city's tough ban on
assault weapons, and seized an arsenal of firearms.... Spot checks are
planned [for other homes].
Countries Gun registration has led to confiscation in several countries,
including Greece, Ireland, Jamaica and Bermuda. And in an exhaustive study
on this subject. Jews for the Preservation
of Firearms Ownership has researched and translated several gun control
laws from foreign countries. Their publication, Lethal Laws: Gun Control
is the Key to Genocide documents how gun control (and confiscation)
has preceded the slaughter and genocide of millions of people in Turkey,
the Soviet Union, Germany, China, Cambodia and others.
Igor Hutorsky was murdered by two burglars who broke into his Brooklyn
furniture store. The tragedy is that some time before the murder his business
partner had applied for permission to keep a handgun at the store. Even
four months after the murder, the former partner had still not heard from
the police about the status of his gun permit.
Officials Cannot License Or Register A Constitutional Right
Delays: While New Jersey law requires applications to be responded
to within thirty days, delays of ninety days are routine; sometimes, applications
are delayed for several years for no readily apparent reason.
Denials: Officials in New York City routinely deny gun permits for
ordinary citizens and store owners because as the courts have ruled they
have no greater need for protection than anyone else in the city. In fact,
the authorities have even refused to issue permits when the courts have
ordered them to do so.
Fee Increases: In 1994, the Clinton administration pushed for a license
fee increase of almost 1,000 percent on gun dealers. According to U.S.
News & World Report, the administration was seeking the license fee
increase "in hopes of driving many of America's 258,000 licensed gun dealers
out of business."
Supreme Court held in Lamont v. Postmaster General (1965) that the First
Amendment prevents the government from registering purchasers of magazines
and newspapers even if such material is "communist political propaganda."
Weapons: Fact Or Fiction?
"Assault Rifles" No Different Than Hunting Rifles
Semi-automatic "assault weapons" are excellent for self-defense
The Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own military rifles
William McGrath: "These [assault rifles] are little different than the
semi-automatic hunting rifles that have been on the market since before
World War II. The main difference between an assault rifle and a semi-automatic
hunting rifle is that the assault rifle looks more military.'"
'assault' rifle is really a misnomer as a true assault rifle is a selective
fire weapon capable of switching from fully automatic to semi-automatic
and back with the flip of a lever."
that the assault rifle holds more rounds than a 'legitimate' hunting rifle
shows either a lack of knowledge or a deliberate twisting of the facts,
as 10, 20 and 30 round magazines for 'legitimate' hunting rifles have been
on the market for decades without the world coming to an end."
by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution
(1982) "In the Militia Act of 1792, the second Congress defined
'militia of the United States' to include almost every free adult male
in the United States. These persons were obligated by law to possess
a [military-style] firearm and a minimum supply of ammunition and military
equipment.... There can be little doubt from this that when the Congress
and the people spoke of the a 'militia.' they had reference to the traditional
concept of the entire populace capable of bearing arms. and not to any
formal group such as what is today called the National Guard.
Court In U.S. v. Miller, the Court stated that, "The Militia comprised
all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense
. . . [and that] when called for service, these men were expected to appear
arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the
of U.S. v. Miller is often cited by gun-control proponents as indicative
that the Supreme Court decision most plausibly means that a the Second
Amendment is a collective right and not an individual right. However,
that were true, the case would not have been heard at all by the court.
Since the individuals involved in the case were not members of any militia,
they would thus have lacked any standing to challenge the law. But this
was not so. The court implicitly recognized that the Second Amendment is
an individual right and thus heard the case.
This article was excerpted from the Taking
On Gun Control website and is used with permission. The site is
found at: http://home.pacbell.net/dragon13/gunintro.html
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