If you were going to encourage a demographic segment to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, homeless people would probably be last group on your list. I’m not arguing the point. But I am pointing out that disarmed members of society face a higher level of criminal predation than armed Americans – whether the victims are tax-paying commuters or mentally ill homeless people. Proving that armed self-defense is a vital part of personal and social safety. OK, so, this is a bad one [via nbcnews.com] . . .
Three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating to death two men who were sleeping in a vacant lot giggled as they delivered their blows, a survivor of the vicious attack told NBC News on Monday.
“They thought it was funny,” the victim, who goes by the nickname Skeets, said after he returned to the Albuquerque crime scene.
“They were giggling and laughing at us, mocking us, calling us homeless. I said, ‘I don’t know why you guys are bothering us. We didn’t do nothing to you guys.'”
He escaped after trying to lure the masked teens away from his two friends by running — they chased him, but eventually returned to the others on the lot, beating them beyond recognition.
“They were real cowards,” he said.
Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carillo, 16 and Gilbert Tafoya, 15, were arrested shortly after the bodies were found and confessed — admitting they had been attacking the homeless for a year and had assaulted dozens in just the last few months, according to court papers.
What else needs saying? Maybe that the Albuquerque Police should spend part of their time defending the defenseless. Oh wait. That would be the same APD accused of assassinating a homeless man. The same department that’s shot 24 people to death in the last four years, now the subject of federal oversight.
Anyway, the callous beating death of two homeless men shows us what happens to a disarmed populace. Anyone who works to infringe upon Americans’ gun rights should imagine the terror of that night as unopposed teenagers turned thrill killers. And those that proceeded it. You may have a beautiful house, but this could still be you.