None of the gun laws detailed in TTAG’s post on French gun control prevented the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The legislation failed to deter the Islamic extremists and helped create a large pool of defenseless citizens upon which the terrorists could prey. As in slaughter. Bottom line: the prevalence of “assault rifles” amongst French bad guys is no longer a secret. And if the Paris attacks weren’t enough to expose this grim reality, here’s a post-Paris story [via dailymail.co.uk] that makes that point perfectly clear . . .
“I was inside my apartment and slipping off my shoes when I heard a man’s voice and what sounded like a small dog whimpering outside, near my front window,” Fay Wells [above] writes at washintonpost.com. “I imagined a loiterer and opened the door to move him along. I was surprised to see a large dog halfway up the staircase to my door. I stepped back inside, closed the door and locked it. I heard barking. I approached my front window and loudly asked what was going on. Peering through my blinds, I saw a gun. A man stood at the bottom of the stairs, pointing it at me.” Question: was the man with the gun in police uniform? Ms. Wells doesn’t say. But what happened next was scary enough . . .
My father had an explanation for why people commit suicide: “They’re so happy they can’t stand it.” Hungarian context aside, Washington College student Jacob Marberger – whose disappearance led to a Washington College (MD) campus lockdown – spiraled down to suicide after he displayed a gun at his fraternity. An antique gun . . .
“A large group of protesters swarmed a Mobil gas station near 8 Mile and Southfield in Detroit,” wxyz.com reports. “They demanded to see surveillance video, also calling for a store clerk to be fired, after he pulled a toy gun on young boys last week.” That video remains unreleased. The cops say they’re investigating and the media report somehow neglects to mention that the protesters blockaded the gas station. Meanwhile, “The mother tells us her two sons, 14 and 11, were inside the store last Thursday, when the clerk accused the boys of stealing chips. Their family says the boys did not steal anything.” The unnamed clerk spoke to the media . . .
It hasn’t been a good weekend for New Orleans. First a good Samaritan is shot and would have been killed but for a jammed gun. Now comes reports of as many as 16 people shot at a party in a park following a local parade in the city’s ninth ward. “The scene around 7 p.m. was chaotic, with several people lying around the park’s main building and hats and possessions scattered all around the playground. Several ambulances are at the scene. New Orleans Police have cordoned off the park and blocked all streets leading to it.” If this keeps up, they’ll soon be calling New Orleans the Chicago of the South.
The right to keep and bear arms is a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right. As such, it’s no more subject to the democratic process than the right not to be a slave. If 99 out of 100 American gun owners wanted to ban firearms, the remaining one percenters [sic] would still have a right to keep and bear arms. Even if owning a gun put them, their family or their neighbors at risk. In other words, the right to keep and bear arms is not subject to arguments about social utility. Gun control advocates don’t – can’t accept this, and never will. And so we get BS like this from our good friends at thetrace.org . . .
“Fourth-year Tulane Medical School student Peter Gold was driving on Magazine Street at 4 a.m. Friday when he spotted a woman being carried against her will to a nearby car on St. Mary Street,” the [New Orleans] advocate.com reports. “He backed up and turned against traffic on St. Mary, pulling up to the woman — by now crumpled on the sidewalk — and rushed to her aid, cellphone in hand. As he crouched at her side, the man who had been carrying her moments before jumped out of a light-colored sport utility vehicle with a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at Gold’s face. He pulled the trigger, but . . .
“Islam itself is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.” – Hillary Clinton
“And so to the degree that anyone would equate the terrible actions that took place in Paris with the views of Islam, you know, those kind of stereotypes are counterproductive. They’re wrong.” – Barack Obama
“The attack began early on Friday when gunmen armed with automatic rifles yelling ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is great) stormed the hotel in a western district of the capital, home to diplomats and government ministries.” – ft.com
A cop pulls over an old lady. She tells him she’s carrying a pistol, has another one in the glove box and another one on the passenger seat. “What are you afraid of?” the cops asks. “Nothing,” she replies. While you’d be foolish to believe that packing a pistol offers complete protection during a terrorist attack, it’s nice to have. So nice it can reduce paralyzing fear to livable wariness. But what about people who can’t carry, thanks to government infringement on their right to keep and bear arms? People who live in places publicly targeted by terrorists? New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s got a message for them [via csmonitor.com] . . .
Marijuana is a terrific drug. It’s far better than alcohol and anything else ingested for “recreational” purposes. There’s no way it should be illegal. But it is. [Void where allowed by law.] So I don’t smoke it. For one thing, I value my gun rights far more than my right to put anything in my body I choose. If I got busted with dope, I’d lose both my livelihood and my ability to legally protect myself, my family and other innocent life. There’s another reason why gun owners should eschew whacky tobaccy, illustrated by the story below [via fox17online.com] . . .
“(St. Louis County) Police say three contractors for ADB Utility Co. were working on water lines … when an armed man approached two of the workers who were standing near a company truck.The robber took wallets from the two men at gunpoint before turning his attention to a third man nearby, police said. The robber told the third man to give him his belongings that were inside of a work truck, according to police.” The third utility worker gave him something but it wasn’t what he expected. Or wanted . . .
“Several men have now been convicted for the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry but we’ve looked into the murky cases of the men in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-walking scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious and found those in charge of the program received a better deal,” kvoa.com reports. “Murky” because the ATF refuses to tell KVOA what’s happened to 15 federal investigators found responsible for Operation Fast and Furious. Meanwhile, they found out the punishment meted out to the two ATF agents in charge of F&F. First, their guilt . . .