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Why would a homeowner need a high capacity self defense weapon?

Posted in Crime, Liberties, Life on August 31, 2009 by rightdownandridiculous

Here is an article from AJC about a recent home break-in in an Atlanta neighborhood. The home in question have been burglarized before, like many other homes in this up and coming neighborhood. Notice that there are 4 burglars hitting a house that has a security system, video cameras and a dog. It is also very likely that when they knock on the door, if there is a homeowner inside, the homeowner may not be able to make it to the front door before they break it down. Such cases happened many times in these neighborhoods. In such a case, the homeowner would be up against 4 possibly armed home invaders who are known to be hostile. The issue here is that cities like DC are trying to make sure that their citizens are not armed with anything more than a revolver or a hunting style shotgun. Having 5-6 rounds available against 4 intruders is not exactly a comforting thought. Many police officers involved in shootings fire around a dozen shots while only placing a small percentage of these shots on an assailant. Obviously, specific circumstances will define this ratio, but having 5-6 shots against 4 possibly armed intruders places the homeowner in a definite tactical disadvantage. This is the exact scenario why I believe a homeowner should own a high capacity weapon. As definition goes, a high capacity weapon is one that can hold more than 10 rounds in a magazine. Such guns used to be against the law with the now defunct Assault Weapon Ban. Though, several states such as California still have this ban in place as state law.

The above story dispels a few common myths;

  1. Having a dog is a great deterrent to home invaders
  2. Having a security system is a great deterrent to home invaders
  3. Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice.

Dumb criminal, dead criminal!

Posted in Crime, Life on August 18, 2009 by rightdownandridiculous

I don’t know much about robbing banks,  but if I was to attempt such a thing I probably wouldn’t use a van with my name painted on the side in large letters. And after the getaway, walk around holding a handgun. Kudos to the Forsyth County deputy in a good shoot.

Link is here

Talking about “impulse difficulties”

Posted in Crime, Liberties, Life on July 29, 2009 by rightdownandridiculous

One of the many anti-gun arguments I have heard over the years was that people couldn’t be trusted with guns because there are many out there with “impulse difficulties”. Well, along those same lines, we shouldn’t be trusting people to drive, own knives or chainsaws. Kinda like what UK is becoming.

Usually, same people who make these arguments believe that cops and the government will protect them and they don’t need to be able to protect themselves. Here is a news flash, the cops and the people in government are the same exact type of people with “impulse difficulties”.  There are news stories everyday of police officers pulling their guns out in a fit of rage.

Here is a recent one from Atlanta ‘We’re gonna die tonight,’ cop allegedly told girlfriend

While of course there are many police officers who have no trouble controlling their rage, it is besided my point. My point is that people, at least those who value their lives and freedoms, have the right to be able to protect themselves. Guns are just tools that people can use to do just that. Guns don’t go around shooting people, it is people who make a decision to do that act who shoot people.

//Rant off

National concealed carry bill defeated!

Posted in Crime, Liberties, Life on July 22, 2009 by rightdownandridiculous

I wasn’t going to post about the national concealed carry bill being defeated in the Senate today, but there are so many half truths and BS quotes out there that I had to add my 2 cents. Here is an article about the actual voting today .

How is it that the states with some of the strictest gun controls have the cities with the worst crime rates in the nation? Newark’s mayor can be seen commenting on the legislation, which is probably an inside joke by the author of the article. If one is visiting Newark, he/she probably should be carrying just to avoid being victimized.

Also, the article talks about gun permit holders committing crimes. The actual stats come up to be something like .001 percent of these permit holders committed a crime. If that number is compared to any other demographic, such as police officers, I bet the percentage would be much higher.

Another spin that was thrown in the last second today was that the Virginia Tech shooter’s mental health records were miraculously recovered of all days, today. These records were missing for 2 years but suddenly they surfaced and were reported to the media the same day one of the biggest gun bills in the nation were being voted on. I am sorry, call me cynical but that much of a coincidence is almost impossible.

First, as pointed out, if one has a drivers license in one state it is valid in all states. Of course this only works because most common traffic rules are the same in most states. Yes, there usually is an exam of sorts to get a drivers license. But, driving is not even a constitutionally protected right. What needs to really happen is that the states with the ridiculous gun laws (MA, NY, IL, WI) need to bring theirs in line with the majority of the other states. That would of course also mean that the states that allow anyone to carry would need to bring their laws more in line with the majority of the states. Now, I am only talking about carry licenses. I don’t think there should ever be a license for people to buy and keep a gun in their homes.

Second, the question of training, if it should be required or not. While, I hate seing people who can’t handle a gun safely be allowed to carry, I also know what happens when government gets into the business of regulating people’s rights. Just look at China! So, perhaps a somewhat less intrusive medium could be reached. How about a 5 minute exam that tests one’s ability to safely handle a gun and shoot a man sized target at 7 yards? Have NRA or POST certified instructors or Law Enforcement officials be able to verify the results and set a cap of something like $20 for the maximum that could be charged. No mandatory training but mandatory certification to be able to carry into ANY state in the nation. Of course the customary clean background check would be the same across the board. Would that be worth it? I think so, but then again I may be biased.

Let me know what you think.

National Concealed Carry bill in Congress

Posted in Crime, Liberties, Life on July 21, 2009 by rightdownandridiculous

I was going to right this big article about how national concealed carry legislation just makes sense, but someone has done a much better job than I ever could.

Below is the article

Criminals are tenacious and armed!

Posted in Crime, Life with tags , , , , on July 2, 2009 by rightdownandridiculous

I have been seeing this trend lately that the same location is broken into over and over again, possibly by the same criminals. I have several friends whose homes were broken into multiple times during a 6 month stretch. Businesses in and around Atlanta, such as Standard Bar, eModa and Urban Body Fitness, have been hit at least 3 times each. Many of these homes and businesses have security systems and some even had security personnel on premises. While most of these break-ins where simply to steal merchandise or valuables, one of the robberies at the Standard Bar resulted in the bartender being shot to death during closing.

A recent AJC article mentions some of the stolen goods being recovered during a drug bust by APD. The article mentions that there were guns and ammunition recovered along with the stolen merchandise. This is no surprise to most but should be a reminder to the residents of Atlanta that the common thugs breaking in to their homes to steal flat screen TVs are armed and won’t be deterred by alarm systems.

Arizona joins states that allow carry into restaurants

Posted in Crime, Liberties, Life on July 2, 2009 by rightdownandridiculous

As Georgians celebrate the first anniversary of being able to legally carry into restaurants that serve alcohol, Arizona has joined the pack. The same exact arguments that were made in Georgia last year and Tennessee this year were made again in Arizona by those who are opposed to guns being carried anywhere. How frustrating of a job the NRA lobbyists must have to answer the same exact arguments over and over, state after state?

With 40 states in this group, if there was any way Brady or other anti-gun groups could show ANY statistics to support their arguments they would have been screaming those numbers from roof tops.

Some may ask “Why would you need to carry a gun into a restaurant?”. In my personal experience, it is not so much carrying into the restaurant as it is being able to carry in and out of them. What do I mean by that? I had several neighbors robbed or attacked while walking from/to their cars and the local eateries. A few months ago, a gentleman in East Atlanta shot a would be armed robber who tried to pray on him and the person in his company. With the mayor of Atlanta putting the police force on furloughs, she has demonstrated once and again that only people themselves can provide their own security. Luckily, we live in a state and country that allows their citizens to do just that.