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The Right to Protect Yourself #6

Compare Different Policies Around the USA

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So making guns illegal will take them off the street? We should make heroine and meth illegal too.
Americans are understandably determined to ensure that massacres such as the one at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, never happen again. But how?

Some demand ever stricter control of firearms. Many others advocate more effective treatment of mentally ill people. Yet most understand that so-called gun-free zones simply disarm law-abiding victims while leaving criminals with access to illegal guns.

The long-term answer needs to take these and many different viewpoints into consideration. Which policies does experience demonstrate as either effective, or ineffective, in the USA? America urgently needs
clarity on what does not work - and what does Open Page in a new Tab or Window.

Rape Disappears with Concealed Carry at Colorado University

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Study at Colorado Universities proves concealed carry reduces rape and violent crime
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Big drop in violent crime (and in rape) once concealed carry was encouraged at Colorado State. But the gun ban at UofCB increased violent crime!
After Colorado’s 2003 concealed carry law was enacted, the University of Colorado disarmed their students, while Colorado State University allowed them to concealed carry. Since the external factors are reasonably similar, their very different results maintained over 12 years give an eye-opening comparison of their effectiveness.

Colorado State which encouraged concealed carry enjoyed an immediate drop of 48% in violent crime (from 30 in 2002 to 16 in 2003) . But at the University of Colorado Boulder campus (brown lines), the publicity from the gun ban they claimed would increase safety immediately increased violent crime by 10%.

The publicity at Colorado State achieved such a dramatic drop in rape and violent crime because it warned their violent criminals that their prey could be armed. If you're a violent criminal then knowing your prey may have a gun will make you think twice. Your fear of being injured discourages you from attack...

Four years later, the violent crime rate at the gun-free University of Colorado had risen by 21% and rape was up by 24%, while the guns at Colorado State had slashed violent crime by 87% and rape was down by a massive 88%. (
results normalized Open Page in a new Tab or Window per 100,000 students.)

Twelve years later, Colorado State with concealed carry had 9 violent crimes in 2014, down from 30 in 2002. They saw a similar drop in rape. These two universities' very different results demonstrate the immense value of defensive guns in protecting your family, your women and your children from violent criminals.
Get your copy of the study here. And if you carry a gun, you may be interested in the US Concealed Carry Association. No, we have no stake in the organization, but it does seem worthwhile checking them out...

Guns Save Women from Assault and Rape

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As the police reached the crime scene, the waiting crowd of reporters and photographers was enormous. A rapist had been shot by his intended victim and she'd first called the newspapers before calling 911!

All rape in the city stopped completely the moment the story broke. The city had a problem with sexual assault, so the farsighted police chief had given free gun lessons to all interested women. The immense publicity given to her gun lessons and the rapist's well-deserved death deterred other rapists for many months. [This story made headlines throughout the USA and Canada many years ago.]

There are countless cases where empowering women to defend themselves has saved them from assault and rape. All these links open in a new tab, see:
The numerous incidents where a gun saves women and girls from sexual attack and rape usually get little if any publicity from the biased media nowadays, but some do get reported. See more 1) here, 2) here, 3) here, 4) here, 5) here, 6) here, 7) here, 8) here, 9) here and 10) here... all Open Page in a new Tab
If you're concerned about the rape of American women and girls by Muslim refugees - sanctioned by Islamic law as well as tradition - then read: Islam, rape, and the fate of Western women. Muslim religious scholars and clerics also rape little girls, see here, here, here, here, and here. all Open Page in a new Tab
Dr. Wafa Sultan, American medical doctor and psychiatrist

"I came to the absolute conviction that it is impossible - impossible - for any human being to read the biography of Mohammed [the prophet of Islam] and believe in it, and then emerge a psychologically and mentally healthy person."

Dr. Wafa Sultan (b. 1958 in Syria), American medical doctor and psychiatrist, author and critic of Muslim society and Islam

So encourage your female relatives to be able to protect themselves and their children from rapists. Stop child molesters whose Islamic upbringing teaches there's no problem with raping little girls and eleven year olds from being raped by a gang of Muslim refugees. Is it bigotry to report the race or religion of a rapist in the American press? See here, here, here, here, and here. all Open Page in a new Tab

Thousands of Incidents have Favorable Outcomes

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What’s riskier: a gun or a swimming pool? A hundred times more young children drown in swimming accidents than are killed in gun accidents every year, but you won't know this from the media's biased reporting. More people are killed by hammers than by the rifles that Diane Feinstein and the Obama administration are trying to ban, see here, here, here, here, and here, all Open Page in a new Tab or Window.
Gun owners stop a lot of criminal mayhem - attempted murders, rapes, assaults, robberies - every year, as readily available reports of innumerable incidents Open Page in a new Tab or Window show. Guns inform criminals that you can and will enforce your right to protect yourself Open Page in a new Tab or Window. Policymakers interested in reducing harm should therefore refrain from treating ordinary gun owners as hoodlums.

The real question is: Why do people believe the misleading fiction that more guns in law-abiding hands cause more crime? Open Page in a new Tab or Window Even President Obama has the clarity to chide gun safety advocates to accept the proposition that “almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible Open Page in a new Tab or Window.”

Are America's Increasingly Strict Gun Policies Working?

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machine gun legal for everyone in 1934
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Before 1934, any child could order this machine gun by mail order. Number of school shootings prior to 1934: ZERO.
Back in the mid-1960s, in most US states, an adult could walk into a store and buy an AR-15 rifle Open Page in a new Tab or Window, no questions asked. Today, firearms are the most heavily regulated consumer product in the United States.

Nowadays, if you want to purchase an AR-15 or any other firearm, the store must first get permission for the sale from the FBI or its state counterpart. Permission is denied if the buyer is in one of nine categories of "prohibited persons," including felons, domestic-violence misdemeanants, and persons who have been adjudicated mentally ill or alcoholic.

Since, half a century ago, "active shooters" were rare, what can account for the continued increase in these shootings? Counter-intuitively, could it be the increasingly stringent gun control regulations, which remove your
right to protect yourself Open Page in a new Tab or Window, disarm innocent victims, yet leave criminals with illegal access to guns?

Governments just want you to Believe - not Explore Skeptically

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At school, far too many students are taught to believe others, to accept the educational system's point of view. In contrast, scientists learn to approach things with a skeptical mind. Your life will change with the scientific approach, since being skeptical deters other people from manipulating you. You'll stop repeating nonsense spouted by politicians who pretend their misleading sophist policies will benefit you.

Governments, like colleges and schools, can't guarantee the safety of their citizens or students, so why deprive responsible citizens of their right to protect themselves and their school-children?

Experience shows that guns do deter crime very effectively - and have done for many decades. The title of Dr. John Lott's comprehensive study: More Guns Less Crime sums it up nicely, see the "devastating to gun control advocates" review here Open Page in a new Tab or Window.

Food for Thought

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"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one... Distrust and caution are the parents of security."

- Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790, US Statesman, Diplomat and Inventor

Crime at Colorado State University has dropped with concealed gun carry, as well as reports on hundreds of incidents involving guns, can be found in:

http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/WP-Tough-Targets.pdf Open Page in a new Tab or Window

President Obama statement that gun owners in America are highly responsible is in:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/flashback-obama-i-have-expanded-rights-of-gun-owners/ Open Page in a new Tab or Window

The Wall Street Journal Report on America's increasingly strict gun policies is at:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323723104578185271857424036.html Open Page in a new Tab or Window

Britain Piers Morgan's vituperative public attack on American Larry Pratt can be explored at:

http://www.reason.com/blog/2012/12/20/piers-morgans-argument-for-gun-control-y Open Page in a new Tab or Window


This article was originally published at selfgrowth.com/articles/compare-different-policies-from-around-the-usa-part-6-in-the-right-to-protect-yourself
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The violent crime reductions benefit everyone when law-abiding, responsible citizens are encouraged to be able to defend their families and themselves from violent criminals, rapists, refugees, and terrorists. When women and seniors are armed, they can defend themselves from attacks by usually young, male and stronger violent criminals. Yet there's no sanction or penalty if you choose not to be armed. Despite misrepresentation and media misunderstanding, Universal Gun Ownership is neither Mandatory Gun Ownership nor Compulsory Gun Ownership, it's simply your choice.

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