Things Haven’t Always Been This Way

H/T AmmoLand.

I can remember when I was in Jr High and High School when you went to the parking lot seeing guns in gun racks in students pickups.

It was nothing for a student that was a hunter would ask their teacher if they wanted to see their shotgun or rifle they had in their vehicle.

Then the teacher would walk out to the vehicle with the student to inspect the students shotgun or rifle.

There were not any school shootings as we were taught to respect firearms and how deadly they are.

 

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice.

You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep guns out of the hands of kids.”

There’s a problem with this reasoning. Prior to the 1960s, many public high schools had shooting clubs. In New York City, shooting clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training, and Stuyvesant high schools. Students carried their rifles to school on the subway and turned them over to their homeroom or gym teacher. Rifles were retrieved after school for target practice. In some rural areas across the nation, there was a long tradition of high school students hunting before classes and storing their rifles in the trunks of their cars, parked on school grounds, during the school day.

Today, any school principal permitting rifles clubs or allowing rifles on school grounds would be fired, possibly imprisoned. Here’s my question: Have .30-30 caliber Winchesters and .22 caliber rifles changed to become more violent? If indeed rifles have become more violent, what can be done to pacify them? Will rifle psychiatric counseling help to stop these weapons from committing gun violence? You say: “Williams, that’s lunacy! Guns are inanimate objects and as such, cannot act.” You’re right. Only people can act. That means that we ought to abandon the phrase “gun violence” because guns cannot act and hence cannot be violent.

If guns haven’t changed, it must be that people, and what’s considered acceptable behavior, have changed. Violence with guns is just a tiny example. What explains a lot of what we see today is growing cultural deviancy. Twenty-nine percent of white children, 53% of Hispanic children and 73% of black children are born to unmarried women. The absence of a husband and father in the home is a strong contributing factor to poverty, school failure, crime, drug abuse, emotional disturbance and a host of other social problems. By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new. Census data shows that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year only 11% of black children and 3% of white children were born to unwed mothers.

In 1954, I graduated from Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin High School, the city’s poorest school. During those days, there were no school policemen. Today, close to 400 police patrol Philadelphia schools. According to federal education data, in the 2015-16 school year, 5.8% of the nation’s 3.8 million teachers were physically attacked by a student. Almost 10% were threatened with injury.

Other forms of cultural deviancy are found in the music accepted today that advocates murder, rape and other vile acts. In previous generations, people were held responsible for their behavior. Today, society at large pays for irresponsible behavior. Years ago, there was little tolerance for the crude behavior and language that are accepted today. To see men sitting while a woman was standing on a public conveyance was once unthinkable. Children addressing adults by their first name, and their use of foul language in the presence of, and often to, teachers and other adults was unacceptable.

A society’s first line of defense is not the law or the criminal justice system but customs, traditions and moral values.

These behavioral norms, mostly imparted by example, word-of-mouth and religious teachings, represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. Police and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Today’s true tragedy is that most people think what we see today has always been so. As such, today’s Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

 

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Violent Assault Leads To A New Gun Owner In Virginia

H/T Bearing Arms.

I am sorry it took an ass whopping for Kris Eiben to see the light about carrying a gun for self-defense.

It’s a familiar story:  crime victim decides to arm themselves so they won’t be a victim again.  This time the story’s playing out in rural King William County, Virginia after a pair of thugs decided to attack two victims in separate attacks miles apart.

One man, an Aylett construction worker, was pistol-whipped so severely that doctors say he may never see out of his right eye again.

“He hit me with the end of the pistol and when it hit my eye, well, you can see what it did,” said William Dean.

Dean was beaten by the two men after they asked to borrow jumper cables.  According to a fundraiser page set up to help the independent construction worker, Dean suffered two broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken jaw, and injuries to both eyes.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only victim that evening. A few minutes before Billy Dean was beaten in front of his home, the pair allegedly assaulted another man standing on his driveway.

“I look over and see someone standing right by the shed and I said, ‘Can I help you?’ and he said, ‘Get on the ground mother f’er!” said Kris Eiben.

He was then assaulted in his driveway in the Rose Garden Estates neighborhood. Home surveillance shows two men raising and pointing a gun at him.

“They were here when I got home,” Eiben said. “My family was inside.”

Eiben told local media that the incident has left him a changed man when it comes to the idea of self defense.

“I’ve never been much of an advocate for guns but this has made me get my concealed carry and I will be purchasing a pistol,” Eiben said.

I’m glad Kris Eiben is alive to change his mind about guns, and I hope that not only will he purchase a pistol to go along with his new concealed carry license, but that he’ll be advocating against the gun control plans of Virginia Democrats in this year’s elections.  If anti-gun lawmakers get their way, it would be a lot tougher for Eiben to protect himself and his family in the very near future.  Earlier this year Virginia Governor Ralph Northam vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for non-residents to get a concealed handgun license in the state, and gun control groups have grumbled about provisions in current law that allow for Virginians to obtain a concealed carry license without going through hours of classroom training or passing a live-fire requirement.  If anti-gun activists are able to pick off a couple of pro-gun legislators in this year’s elections, expect big changes to Virginia’s concealed carry laws beginning in 2020.

WATCH – Father Who Killed Intrusion Suspect:‘I Had No Other Choice’

H/T Breitbart.

While the choice that Antwain Moton will no doubt haunt him for some time to come but he did what he needed to do to protect himself and his family.

It was the right choice as the suspect Efren Nectali Ramirez forced his way in and it gave Antwain to choice but fire the fatal shot.

A father who shot and killed an intrusion suspect at an Anderson County, South Carolina, residence says he had “no other choice” but to protect his daughter, wife, and mother-in-law.

Fox Carolina reports that 35-year-old Antwain Moton was playing X-Box when he heard a strange noise at the door. Moton went to the door where a suspect, 39-year-old Efren Nectali Ramirez, was allegedly trying to make entry.

Moton told Ramirez to leave, then the two engaged in a pushing match where Ramirez would push his way in before being pushed back out. Moton’s wife and mother-in-law allegedly helped push Ramirez back out as well.

He said, “His hands were just coming toward us, like he was going to do some type of harm.” Then Ramirez allegedly got far enough into the house to close the door behind himself, and that is when Moton shot him.

Moton said, “As soon as I shot him, I called 911, and tried to keep him responsive while I (spoke to the dispatcher).”

Ramirez received what proved to be a fatal shot to the chest. Moton said he regretted having to shoot, but was thankful he was home to protect his family.

 

WSPA reports the “Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the shooting appears to be self defense,” but an investigation into the incident is still underway.

 

Why These Defensive Uses of Firearms Should Disarm Second Amendment Skeptics

H/T JPFO.

These stories prove the old adage “It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.”

At a time when many high-profile politicians are comfortable proposing laws that impose serious burdens on the right to keep and bear arms, including the mass confiscation of commonly owned firearms, it’s important to remember that those same firearms are regularly used by average Americans to defend their life, liberty, and property.

While some gun control advocates claim the Second Amendment is a dangerous historical relic, even going so far as to call for its repeal, they often overlook the fact that firearms are significantly more likely to be used for self-defense than in criminal activity.

In fact, according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost all national studies of defensive gun uses have found that firearms are used in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times every year in the United States.

Additionally, an independent analysis of the CDC’s own internal data on defensive gun uses indicates that firearms are used defensively about 1 million times a year, dwarfing the number of deaths and injuries attributable to their criminal use.

This year, we made a commitment to highlighting just a few of the many defensive gun uses that occur every month. Just as in JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril, and May, June was full of instances of law-abiding citizens who relied on their Second Amendment rights to defend their inalienable rights.

  • June 2, Martinsville, Virginia: A man filling his tank at a gas station successfully defended himself against two would-be robbers armed with handguns. The victim was unharmed, but one of the assailants, who exchanged gunfire with the victim, was shot and injured.
  • June 4, Sun City Center, Florida: A man suspected of committing multiple carjackings was fatally shot by an armed business manager with a concealed-carry permit while the man was attempting to break into the manager’s store. The suspected carjacker-turned-burglar was also armed, despite an extensive criminal history disqualifying him from lawful firearm possession.
  • June 5, Bakersfield, California: A woman defended her home and her children by retrieving her handgun and shooting a man using a hammer to break into her home. The injured man was later charged with several crimes, including carrying a concealed weapon, but neither the woman nor her kids were harmed.
  • June 6, Cincinnati: A woman shot her ex-boyfriend after he “kicked out the A/C unit and tried to break through the front window” of her home. According to police, the mother of five children—who were also home at the time of the incident—had a restraining order against the man. While speaking about the case, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters made it clear just how important it was for this mother to be armed: “It is hard to imagine what might have happened to her or her children if she had not been able to protect herself and her family.”
  • June 7, Chicago: A Good Samaritan with a concealed-carry permit intervened when two gunmen opened fire near him, drawing his own firearm and striking both assailants. The Good Samaritan, who was not injured in the exchange, was sitting in a nearby vehicle when the two assailants opened fire at an unknown fourth party, who was injured but survived.
  • June 14, Winston, Missouri: Several civilians, one of whom was legally carrying a firearm, came to the defense of a wounded female police officer after the restrained inmate she was transporting seized her service weapon, shot her, and commandeered the vehicle. The civilians witnessed the attack and followed the police vehicle until it came to a stop, where the armed civilian held the inmate at gunpoint while the other men pulled him out of the car. One witness later recounted, “If the Good Samaritan hadn’t threatened to use deadly force, the situation could have ended very differently [for the police officer].”
  • June 15, Highland Home, Alabama: A woman’s boyfriend came to her defense by shooting an attacker who stabbed her. The woman required almost 100 stitches because of the stabbing but survived. Her boyfriend was unharmed.
  • June 18, Detroit: A father was spending quality time with his family outside when he heard noises coming from his home. When he went inside, he was confronted by a man with a shotgun. Fortunately, the father was armed with his own gun and was able to fatally shoot the intruder before anyone else was harmed.
  • June 19, Warren, Michigan: A man’s stepmother, who was armed and had a concealed-carry permit, came to his defense after he fled from four masked men who attempted to rob him. The stepmother fired a warning shot, causing the assailants to return fire before quickly driving away. All four would-be robbers were later arrested.
  • June 25, Harris County, Texas: An intruder’s plan to burglarize a home was foiled when the homeowner fatally shot him. The homeowner was cleaning her house when she heard someone smash through her back window. She grabbed her firearm and at first attempted to hide from the burglar in a bedroom closet. When the burglar opened the closet, the woman ended the invasion with a single shot—fortunately, before the burglar could use his own firearm against her.
  • June 27, North Port, Florida: A woman’s boyfriend came to her defense when a man with a loaded handgun attempted to rob her while she withdrew money from an ATM. The boyfriend shot the would-be robber, who was seriously injured but survived. Both the robbery suspect and his alleged getaway driver were arrested and now face felony charges.

Although advocates of stricter gun control laws commonly claim that such laws are appropriate because defensive uses of firearms are rare compared with criminal uses, Americans like those cited regularly use firearms to defend the life, liberty, and property of themselves, their families, and even complete strangers.

Often, as evidenced above, they do so against criminals who remain quite capable of accessing firearms themselves, despite laws prohibiting it.

America’s tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners—everyday men and women, who just want to go about their lives in peace—are not better protected by laws that impose substantial burdens on their abilities to defend themselves against the criminals who don’t (and never will) abide by those laws in the first place.

They are better protected when we recognize that well-armed, law-abiding citizens are the first—and sometimes the only—meaningful line of defense for their own inalienable rights.

Utah: Over 30 Armed Teachers Train to Take Out Active Shooters

H/T Breitbart.

Bravo Utah for having the good sense to start arming your teachers.

Over 30 armed teachers gathered in Spanish Fork, Utah, for police training in locating and taking out active shooters.

The Associated Press reports that the training occurred “inside a warehouse set up to look like a school.”

In one scenario, school psychologist Nancy Miramontes had to navigate hallways and walls, find the attacker, and shoot him. She “fired three shots,” one of which would have hit the active shooter in the forehead had the scenario been real life

Miramontes received praise from the officer nearby. She had demonstrated that she could shift from nurturer to defender by recognizing a threat and removing it.

Afterward, Miramontes said, “I know how to protect myself and my students now; I know what to expect if the worst happens.”

Utah is one of a number of states that allow teachers to be armed on campus for classroom defense. Teachers can be armed in Colorado and Florida after receiving a certain amount of training. And Virginia’s Lee County not only allows armed teachers but supplies their guns.

Texas responded to the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook attack by allowing teachers and staff to be armed. They originally stipulated that there could be only one armed school employee per 200 students, but that artificial cap was eliminated on June, 6, 2019, when Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed legislation to repeal it.

The repeal means schools and districts can make their own decisions about how many teachers and staff to arm.

Billy Cowart, UAW Worker, CCW carrier: Not Guilty, Back Pay, Back to Work

H/T AmmoLand.

The truth will set you free.

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- On 3 June, 2016 Billy Cowart, a concealed carry permit holder and UAW worker at Ford’s assembly plant, was attacked and sucker punched in the parking lot of Union Hall 551, by Jeff Bacon, as shown in surveillance video. Cowart was staggered several steps back. As Bacon advanced, Cowart drew his self defense firearm, and fired, wounding Bacon and another UAW leader, Aaron Straker. Both Bacon and Straker had recently been elected to leadership positions at the Chicago Ford Assembly plant.

Cowart left the scene. He had just defended himself against a UAW leader, and had wounded two UAW officials. He was in the parking lot of a Union Hall. Leaving likely seemed the wisest course.  The news coverage portrayed the situation as one where people were arguing, then a crazed gunman shot two of them. That is not what the video shows. From chicagotribune.com:

About 9:52 p.m. Friday, three men were in a parking lot by the union hall, located at 13550 S. Torrence Ave., when they began to argue with each other, police said over the weekend. During the argument, one of the men, who police have identified as Cowart, pulled out a gun and shot at the other two, ages 40 and 44. Both were shot in the leg. Cowart then fled the scene, police said.

 An industry publication only wrote that he had been arrested and was awaiting trial. From autonews.com:

In June, two UAW local officials who represent workers at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant were wounded outside the Local 551 union hall. William Cowart, 50, was arrested and charged with eight counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

In the video, you can see the union official going straight to Cowart, then sucker punching him. Cowart is staggered. He shoots toward the ground as the Union leader comes toward him again. The union leader has been reported as being intoxicated.

Here is the video of the shooting:

 

Billy Cowart pleaded with both Ford Company officials and with Union representatives that he had acted in self defense. The Union sided with the Union leaders. Ford fired Cowart.

It took two years for Cowart to get a trial. The first judge was removed from the case, pending a prosecution of the judge. The judge was found not guilty, but Cowart’s case was delayed. Finally another judge viewed the surveillance video. He dismissed all charges. But Cowart had used his savings to survive and pay for his defense. His union wanted nothing to do with him. He had been at the Ford plant for nearly two decades. He sued to get his job, back pay, and seniority back. Three years after the attack, an arbitrator gave him his job, seniority, and 12 months back pay.  From cbslocal.com:

The second judge reviewed the surveillance video from the night of the shooting and said the victim, who was intoxicated and seen sucker punching Cowart in the face, was clearly the aggressor.

The judge ruled that Cowart was legally defending himself.

“Now, here we are today, 12 counts all dismissed,” said Cowart’s attorney, Irena Stephanovski.

Cowart had been exonerated but was still out of a job.

“Ford didn’t want to have anything to do with me,” he said.

So, he filed a grievance in January and finally won this week. An arbitrator ruled that Ford fired him without just cause and he should be reinstated with no loss of seniority and a year of back pay.

What will Cowart face on the job, now that he has wounded two Union officials, been fired, out of work for three years, and has forced the company not only to take him back, but reinstate seniority and pay him a years lost wages?

Perhaps he is nearing retirement. Cowart says he wants to be a role model to his 19-year-old son. He does not want his son to believe he did anything wrong.

Many people have been killed as the result of one punch. We have not been told why the union official sucker punched Cowart.

Punching someone can be a deadly attack.

Bad@ss 11yo Defends Home From 3 Intruders…With A Machete

H/T Clash Daily.

If you look up the word badass I bet this kids picture is there.

Here’s yet another example of a good guy defending his home from the bad guys. Pass this along to a lefty who still doesn’t ‘get it’.

Coming face-to-face with a home invader is bad news even in the best of circumstances. But when the one at home is an eleven-year-old boy, the mismatch is even worse.

He later learned there were three of them.

Fortunately for him, he knew how to even the odds. He used a weapon to defend himself, and drive the attacker off. That, in a nutshell, is the whole POINT and philosophy of the Second Amendment.

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Whether the weapon you use to defend yourself is a machete, a hockey stick, a Glock or an AR-15, the principle is the same. It makes would-be victims more powerful in their ability to defend themselves.

Let’s look at how this particular case played out in North Carolina:

Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19 was arrested for burglary. The intruder grabbed a pellet gun (which the kid knew to be unloaded) and pointed it at the boy, telling him to get into a closet. He complied and waited for an opportunity to act.Source: BBC

The boy escaped, grabbed a machete that was on the wall and hit the suspect.

The child – who learned self-defence with his dad after the family’s home was ransacked years ago – said he was on the phone with his mother when the suspect broke into the house through a window on Friday morning.

“He went into the living room to grab my phone to make sure I didn’t call the [police] or anything. When I saw him try to put it in his pocket I grabbed my machete off of my wall and went to hit him. I hit him in the back of the head.”

After being injured, the suspect kicked the boy in the stomach and in the head and tried to steal a TV and a video game. When he realized he was bleeding, he dropped the electronics and fled with two alleged accomplices, officials said.

After interviewing the boy, local police alerted the region’s hospitals to watch for a man seeking treatment for a head injury. So when the suspect went to a hospital in the town of Hillsborough, 10 miles (16km) from Mebane, staff alerted the police.
Source: BBC

Great job, dad. You didn’t raise a victim.

Hall fled the hospital ‘against medical advice’ and was found (after an anonymous tip) hiding out at his mom’s apartment in a nearby town. Here’s hoping mom was the one with sense enough to drop the dime on her dumb punk of a son.

Watch the clip. The wisdom in his closing thoughts, both about self-defense and about making an honest living show that he is by far the more intelligent of the two.
Source: BBC