A Pro-Gun Shift

gunconEvildoers who worship terrorism are perpetrating lone-wolf attacks around the globe and this violence is causing a change in firearm policies in many countries, as well as a pro-gun shift in attitudes in the U.S.

Thirty year old Alton Nolen called himself “Jah’Keem Yisrael on his facebook site which included pictures of Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 attacks and a beheading.   He had already spent time in prison for assaulting a police officer. On September 25, 2014 after being suspended from work at Vaughan Foods in Moore, OK, because of a confrontation with a female employee, Alton returned to his former workplace armed with an 8 inch knife which he used to decapitate a 54 year old grandmother and then stabbed and attempted to decapitate another employee before a good guy showed up with a gun.   All of this took place in a little over three minutes, long before police had time to respond.

Thanks to Oklahoma laws, businesses can allow defensive arms in the workplace and employees have the right to keep guns in their cars in the employee parking lot.  In direct contrast is Australia which during the past twenty years has created a safe zone for armed predators.

On December 14, 2014, Man Haron Monis, aka Mohammad Hassan Manteghi walked into a Lindt Chocolate Café, located in the heart of Sydney’s financial and legal district and took 17 people hostage. Monis, having migrated from Iran in 1996, was granted political asylum in 2001. While claiming to be a sheikh, Monis was living off Australian taxpayers even after being charged  for sending hateful letters to parents of Australian soldiers who had died fighting in Afghanistan.  He was also facing charges as an accessory before the fact in the murder of his ex-wife and dozens of counts of sexual assault. On the day he walked into the Café, Monis was armed with a shotgun, a weapon that Australia had banned in 1996.

In the days after the siege and the murder of two hostages, Senator David Leyonhjelm, of the Liberal Democratic Party, pointed out that Australia’s complete repression of armed self-defense actually had made the hostage situation possible.   As he pointed out, in addition to not being allowed guns, all the hostages were also prohibited from having a knife, a stick, pepper spray, a personal Taser, mace, or anything similar for self-defense. “What happened in that café would have been most unlikely to have occurred in Florida, Texas or Vermont, or Alaska, or perhaps even Switzerland. . .That nutcase wouldn’t have known that they were armed, and bad guys don’t like to be shot back at.”

Unlike Australia whose Prime Minister Tony Abbot reacted to the violence by announcing even more government imposed gun control, the Israeli government moved toward more gun freedom after a deadly attack.

On November 18, 2014, about two dozen people were praying at the Kehilat B’Nai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue in Jerusalem.   Cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal attacked these innocent people with a handgun and axes, murdering four rabbis, three of whom were Amerians and one British. Seven others were wounded, two critically.   Police arrived 11 minutes after the attack and killed the two attackers.  Shortly after the attack,  Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich promised to “ease restritions on carrying weapons” and followed through by making gun carry permits more readily available as he also eased restrictions on armed carry.

Armed terrorists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris murdering 12 in the span of a few minutes.   Unlike the crimes in the US or Australia, these terrorists were trained in the Middle East. Unfortunately, these 12 people died because France does not allow the possession of defensive arms even by people at grave risk of murder.

Russia, with a homicide rate nearly three times the level of the U.S., now has a gun rights organization. Right to Bear Arms led by Maria Butina, has been badgering Putin’s regime for several years to allow defensive carry. Late in 2014, Putin blinked and one of the longest standing handgun bans in the world was repealed. Carry permits will be available for pistols and rifles so that Russians can now protect themselves, their families and their property.

According to a Gallup poll in 1959, three out of five Americans supported handgun prohibition. Today, that stands at only one in four. Since 1993 the Pew Research Center has been asking people whether it is more important to protect the right to own guns or to control guns. From 1993 to 2007 the pro-control side held a comfortable lead; in 2008 the two sides were more or less tied but today, the pro-gun side holds its largest lead ever at 52% to 46%.   In a 2014 Gallup poll, 63% of Americans believed they were safer having a gun their home.

But the 2nd Amendment is never safe. The last two years of Leftist rule will pose a serious challenge to the right to keep and bear arms. The adversaries we face today are better organized and far better funded than at any time in history.   Anti-gunners will always push for restrictions on firearm ownership as long as the wealthy elite, like Bloomberg, foot the bill.

Obama hasn’t given up his pen, his phone or his penchant to sidestep and circumvent Congress or the Constitution through selective enforcement, non-enforcement or outright disregard for the laws of the land.

Source: Freedom First, Waking to a Dangerous World by Dave Kopel

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