Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

No, Dear, a National Increase in Gun Crime.

There's a difference that UK politicians (most politicians, in fact) just can't seem to get through their heads.
Mayor defends town after three gun raids

A MAYOR is urging people to continue visiting her town and denied it had turned into the "Wild West" after three armed robberies in less than three weeks.

Mayor Ann Thomas said she was "absolutely shocked" at the spate of robberies in Haverhill, but felt it was part of a national increase in gun culture rather than a particular problem in the town itself.
What people like this refuse to understand is that there are two gun cultures. Three, if your society has done what the UK has managed. The first gun culture is the culture of responsible use. Normally this culture includes self-defense, but in the UK they've managed to pretty much quash that until almost none of the few remaining licensed gun owners will make a peep in public about defending themselves with a firearm. That gun culture has been eviscerated.

The second gun culture is the predatory one. What politicians refuse to understand is that "gun control" can only destroy the good "gun culture." The second culture is about power, not responsibility, and "gun control" for them basically means "easier pickings."

Ann Thomas is one of those people who sees an increase in sport shooting as something ominous - because it means an "increase in gun culture." She is one who cannot separate "violent and predatory" from "violent but protective."

So of course she holds elective office.

In an interesting associated note, the Albuquerque Tribune reports in an op-ed that a bit over 10% of the 63 homicides recorded in Albuquerque last year were self-defense. One assumes that they were all shootings, but at least three of the five incidents definitely were. One wonders that if 10% of the homicides were self-defense, how many other incidents of self-defense with a firearm occurred in which no one was shot? And one wonders what Mayor Thomas would think.

(h/t to Front Sight, Press for the informative and interesting links.

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