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Tragically, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the world was reminded how evil and cruel people can be.  According to emerging accounts of the events in India, about a dozen well-armed and devastatingly well-trained terrorists laid siege on the city of Mumbai, killing almost two hundred people, and terrorizing thousands.

Regardless of the reasons, the indiscriminate shooting on masses of unarmed and defenseless people is chilling and reprehensible.  How were these terrorists able to continue so long, relatively unchallenged, killing so many?

India’s gun laws are her business, of course.  However, once the shock of these events and the initial reaction of fear passes, Americans should take away a valuable lesson about real homeland security and gun control from this tragedy.

Gun control advocates tell us that removing guns from society makes us safer.  If that were the case why do the worst shootings happen in gun free zones, like schools?  And while accidents do happen, aggressive, terroristic shootings like this are unheard of at gun and knife shows, or military bases.  It bears repeating that an armed society truly is a polite society.

The fact is that firearm technology exists.  It cannot be uninvented.  As long as there is metalworking and welding capability, it matters not what gun laws are imposed upon law-abiding people.  Those that wish to have guns, and disregard the law, will have guns.  Gun control makes violence safer and more effective for the aggressive, whether the aggressor is a terrorist or a government.

History shows us that another tragedy of gun laws is genocide.  Hitler, for example, knew well that in order to enact his “final solution,” disarmament was a necessary precursor.  While it is not always the case that an unarmed populace WILL be killed by their government, if a government is going to kill its own people, it MUST disarm them first so they cannot fight back.  Disarmament must happen at a time when overall trust in government is high, and under the guise of safety for the people, or perhaps the children.  Knowing that any government, no matter how idealistically started, can become despotic, the Founding Fathers enabled the future freedom of Americans by enacting the second amendment.

In our own country, we should be ever vigilant against any attempts to disarm the people, especially in this economic downturn.  I expect violent crime to rise sharply in the coming days, and as states and municipalities are even more financially strained, the police will be even less able or willing to respond to crime.  In many areas, local police could become more and more absorbed with revenue generating activities, like minor traffic violations and the asset forfeiture opportunities of non-violent drug offenses.  Your safety has always, ultimately been your own responsibility, but never more so than now.  People have a natural right to defend themselves.  Governments that take that away from their people should be highly suspect.

Posted by Ron Paul (12-08-2008, 12:35 PM)

This article may be a few months old but it still holds true today. Our safety is our responsibility and ours alone. The Government proved that it can’t protect us and keep us safe. Supreme Court ruled the police is not bound to protect and serve and also  not bound to respond to 9-11 calls. And we have a nut-ball fringe group that wants guns out of society. Wants us to cower under our beds while someone enters our homes and our work place to either kill us,rape us or pillage us for booty or lack there of. All the while waiting for the Police to respond to a 9-11 call of course that is if they want to respond. When seconds count, police are only minutes away. It only takes a second for a person to die.

What good is surrendering your right to protect yourself when you surrender your life to ideals from people who want a Socialist Society? To get an answer to that question. Go hit up Sarah Brady and her band of Merry Progressives and Neo-Con’s,they have all the answers.



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