My Turn, Randy Biggerstaff: The real truth on gun violence
Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 7, 2016
Which statement is true?
A. Gun-free zones such as theaters, night clubs, schools, shopping malls, and unarmed military facilities never experience mass gun murders or Islamic terrorist attacks.
B. Police stations and NRA banquets never get shot up.
Good luck, contestants. Jeopardy music, please.
A recent “My Turn” from a local liberal attorney — suffering from ostrich syndrome — went to great lengths to cherry pick some anti-constitutional statistics without telling the whole story. Example: FBI listing only 259 defensive justifiable homicides out of 12,888 murders.
According to national award-winning criminologist Gary Kleck of Florida State University, statistics from the National Crime Victimization Survey reporting only 1 percent of firearm use in self defense of justifiable homicides, actually reach 13 percent in some years. In fact, Kleck states that his research shows that firearms are used in self defense as many as 2.5 million times a year. Why? Simple, the main reason is that only a small fraction of self-defense firearms actions where shots aren’t fired are reported. Four times over the years I personally have used a gun in self defense without a shot being fired. I simply let them know I had it. Zero police reports. But enough on statistics.
Let’s look at the nefarious motivations behind the Democrats being so Hades bent on disarming honest citizens. For years it’s been the desire of the Democratic Party to “globalize” this nation. The United States is the only armed “loose cannon” left on the deck. That pesky old Constitution keeps foiling their utopia.
In the 20th century alone, dictators (i.e.Russia, Nazi Germany, China, and others) have slaughtered untold millions of their citizens after disarming them. Couldn’t happen here? I wish people would pull their heads out of their sun free zones. Did the Civil War really end in 1865, or just put on hold? After World WarI, the British citizenry was basically disarmed. In 1940, their citizens were begging for firearms for defense against a possible invasion by the Nazi Army.
The U.S. — as usual — came to the rescue via The American Committee for Defense of British Homes. In the November 1940 issue of the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine, an ad ran under the headline, “Send a gun to defend a British Home.” NRA members — that obnoxious Second Amendment bunch — sent more than 7,000 personal firearms, along with many more thousands from other concerned Americans.
To state the obvious, England couldn’t return the favor! No Second Amendments in Europe.
There’s a good reason people there are massacred like fish in a barrel during terrorist attacks. The whole continent is one giant “gun free zone,” kind of like the aforementioned schools, night clubs, malls, theaters, etc.
What are also gun free zones — for honest citizens — are inner cities in America’s Democrat-controlled war zones. Did you know that Baltimore — you know, the place that angelic residents tried to destroy last year as their liberal leaders cowered under their desks, threatening to “lynch” law enforcement officers if they intervened — have not had a Republican on their city council since 1942? Talk about self-destruction.
Here’s a chuckle for you. The Democrats running these big cities are always screaming for laws to stop people from bringing illegal weapons across state lines to arm the drug gangs. There are at least 16 federal laws under U.S. Code, Title 18, chapter “Firearms” that total more than 100 years of prison incarceration per illegal firearm transported. Most are repeat offenders!
If you believe in the right to self defense of your family, run to the polls in November. “Crooked Hillary” will come after all of ‘em. She is that evil. Terrorism is coming. Don’t be foolish and disarm yourself!
Biggerstaff lives in Kannapolis.
“My Turn” submissions should be 500-700 words. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with “My Turn” in the subject line. Include name, address, phone number and a digital photo of yourself, if possible.