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EXCERPTED FROM 05/27/13 NEWS OF IMPORT:
For your Memorial Day, here’s an ample News of Import from my friend, historian and research associate, “AZ Joe.” Joe leads off the NOI with lots of references to our ability to defend ourselves, our loved ones and our American freedoms with personally owned firearms. I found of special note the video he links, A Defenseless Population . I’m sending this issue of News of Import also to my Second Amendment News recipients, what with the many Second Amendment references within.
Appropriate for remembering those who fought and fight for our hard-earned freedoms are articles in the attached emails from Red Mountain Patriots and:
“When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life's preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime. That is why the true warrior cannot speak of battle, save to his brothers who have been there with him. The truth is too holy, too sacred, for words." – Steven Pressfield
My praise and gratitude goes to those who fought and fight for our American freedoms, day in and day out, here and abroad, our military and civilian warrior heroes.
From: “AZ Joe”
As Memorial weekend is upon us I thought I would comment on our 2nd Amendment, a natural right that came about through the birth of our country as well as the belief of our Founding Fathers that We the People are the might of the country that will ensure liberty.
A couple of quotes from divinely inspired men that became our Founding Fathers:
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians.” – George Mason, co-author of the 2nd Amendment.
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves.” – Richard Henry Lee.
“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel Adams.
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” – George Washington
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – James Madison.
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” – George Washington.
The Progressive MSM, politicians and society want you to believe that people are nothing without the government and we are too dangerous or unable to own a firearm in order to defend ourselves. Some liberal states have even passed laws saying a person has no right to defend himself. The Founding Fathers said this:
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson.
“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.” – George Mason.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin.
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe.” – Noah Webster.
Below are some statistics. If you are to fight for the cause of liberty and the right to arm yourself you should know some facts.
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” – Alexander Hamilton.
The Supreme Court ruled against Gonzales 7-2. If an intruder has broken into your home, are you going to pray that they leave your family alone and simply call 9-1-1 with the hopes that law enforcement will save you? How long will you have before police arrive at your home, office, wherever? In Atlanta, it’s 11 minutes. Nine minutes in Nashville. Quite a lot can happen in that span of time. And we know from the Supreme Court ruling that there isn’t a legal obligation for anyone else to protect your life. Are you OK with those odds? You may be, but I’m not, and I will resist the urge of anyone whose goal is to erode my right to protect myself and my family. The Founding Fathers were clear on how they saw this issue and so should you be.
Every police officer to whom I’ve spoken has said the same thing: you are your defense.
Americans use firearms for self-defense more than 2.1 million times annually.
By contrast, there are about 579,000 violent crimes committed annually with firearms of all types. Seventy percent of violent crimes are committed by 7% of criminals, including repeat offenders, many of whom the courts place on probation after conviction, and felons that are paroled before serving their full time behind bars.
Crime has plummeted in every state which has implemented conceal carry.
Between 2008 and 2009, the FBI’s preliminary numbers indicate that murders fell nationally by 10 percent and by about 8 percent in cities that have between 500,000 and 999,999 people. Washington’s population is about 590,000. During that same period of time, murders in the District fell by an astounding 25 percent, dropping from 186 to 140. The city only started allowing its citizens to own handguns for defense again in late 2008.
Examining all the multiple-victim public shootings in the United States from 1977 to 1999 shows that on average, states that adopt right-to-carry laws experience a 60% drop in the rates at which the attacks occur, and a 78% drop in the rates at which people are killed or injured from such attacks.
The National Safety Council estimates that in 1995, firearm accidents accounted for 1.5% of fatal accidents. Larger percentages of fatal accidents were accounted for by motor vehicle accidents (47%), falls (13.5%), poisonings (11.4%), drowning (4.8%), fires (4.4%), and choking on an ingested object (3.0%).
“Violent crime rates are highest overall in states with laws severely limiting or prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms for self-defense”. (FBI Uniform Crime Reports, 1992)
The total Violent Crime Rate is 26% higher in the restrictive states (798.3 per 100,000 pop.) than in the less restrictive states (631.6 per 100,000).
The Homicide Rate is 49% higher in the restrictive states (10.1 per 100,000) than in the states with less restrictive CCW laws (6.8 per 100,000).
The Robbery Rate is 58% higher in the restrictive states (289.7 per 100,000) than in the less restrictive states (183.1 per 100,000).
The Aggravated Assault Rate is 15% higher in the restrictive states (455.9 per 100,000) than in the less restrictive states (398.3 per 100,000).
Using FBI data (1992), homicide trends in the 17 states with less restrictive CCW laws compare favorably against national trends, and almost all CCW permittees are law-abiding.
Since adopting CCW (1987), Florida’s homicide rate has fallen 21% while the U.S. rate has risen 12%. From start-up 10/1/87 – 2/28/94 (over 6 years) Florida issued 204,108 permits; only 17 (0.008%) were revoked because permittees later committed crimes (not necessarily violent) in which guns were present (not necessarily used).
Of 14,000 CCW licensees in Oregon, only 4 (0.03%) were convicted of the criminal (not necessarily violent) use or possession of a firearm.
Texas Passes Bill to Train Teachers as Armed Marshals (This law has major flaws, but is a start. Israel has one teacher/ adult per 10 students with an M16, there is a reason that the nation has not had school shootings in years.)
Video on federal reduction of families defense ability (Must watch short video that tells the truth of life and those who would take your rights away.)
A Defenseless Population (From a European Perspective)
Confiscate! Confiscate! Confiscate!
This news is mind blowing, the woman was raped after the man broke into her residence even with a restraining order against him I have read. What is worse to me is that the authorities are blaming the woman and other residents for the crime since they voted down a 100% increase in property taxes.
911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts
Feminist Fallacies (This is a great personal story of one woman learning the truth.)
WHAT LIBERALS DON'T KNOW ABOUT GUNS
End of SECOND AMENDMENT NEWS - 05/27/2013