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    It's Closer Than You Think

    The following was emailed to me and I thought it was a good read:

    You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it. In the darkness, you make out two shadows.

    One holds something that looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside. As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble.

    In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered. Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm. When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter.

    "What kind of sentence will I get?" you ask.

    "Only ten-to-twelve years," he replies, as if that's nothing. "Behave yourself, and you'll be out in seven."

    The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys. Their friends and
    relatives can't find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested numerous times. But the next day's headline says it all:
    "Lovable Rogue Son Didn't Deserve to Die." The thieves have been transformed from career criminals
    into Robin Hood-type pranksters. As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media. The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.

    Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win. The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you've been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.

    A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven't been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you.Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all charges. The judge sentences you to life in prison.

    This case really happened.

    On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term.

    How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once great British Empire?

    It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The
    Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns.

    Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.

    Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hunger ford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed Man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the street shooting everyone he saw. When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

    The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of "gun control", demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though
    Ryan used a rifle.)

    Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school.

    For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after
    week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, Sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens.

    During the years in which the British government incrementally took Away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities
    refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released.

    Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, "We cannot have people take the law into their own hands."

    All of Martin's neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.

    When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities. Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who
    didn't were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't comply. Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens.

    How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered and licensed. Kinda like cars.

    Sound familiar?

    WAKE UP AMERICA, THIS IS WHY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTION.

    "..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." -- Samuel Adams

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    Geeezzzz!!! Here in AL we can shoot em' if they're outside trying to steal our cars!!!. Inside the home it's definitely justified. A "Slam Dunk" case

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    Lucky you. Here in NY, you can shoot them but you will do time and the would be bandits will get more money and welfare and hero status.
    Wake up America.

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    It is sad when criminals have more rights than citizens!!!!

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    I got this in an email today, too. Glad I live in Florida

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    Boy that's a scary read. I truly believe it too. As much as I believe in the second amendment and the right to self defense, I also believe that the majority of Americans simply fear guns, and worse, look to their legislators to relieve them of accountability and responsibility. I think we see this in the results of recent elections, at all levels, where Americans are telling their leaders to "just fix it." Regulate it away. Media is a HUGE problem. It's funny how in a society of free speech, we're never told the whole truth. Here in New York, we have a backlog of dozens of absolutely ridiculous gun bills that have always passed through the Assembly with great ease, but only to be (thankfully) stopped in the Senate. Unfortunately, the results of the most recent elections indicate that all of these bills will now be passed through the Senate with similar ease. These laws are crazy too, often mirroring the "progressive" laws of CA. As long as the people vote for leaders that tell them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear, they'll continue to be blissfully unaware of the serious dangers they place us all into. I could go on and on, but I know I am preaching for the choir with most of this audience. All I really can say is that I'm scared. I'm scared for America in many respects, and I'm scared for the people, who are ultimately loosing sight of what I consider to be really basic values. What I mean by that is - I can foresee the reversing of the victim and criminal roles happening quite easily here, just as ronwill's post indicates happened in the UK. For a nation of people to view a homeowner as a criminal for defending his home and family from robbers who forced their way in is simply a vile perversion of the most basic of moral values.

    When the majority of people support this perversion - what can you do? How do you empower people who are afraid to have power?

    The end of Ronwill's post gives us hope:
    "..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." -- Samuel Adams
    We are already irate, aren't we? We just have to be tireless, and keen on spreading the real truth to everyone whose ear we can get. I talk to ultra liberals at work about gun control all the time. I frequently talk to one woman who is absolutely scared to death of guns. Whose best friend was murdered by a maniac who bought a gun at a gun show without a background check and went on a shooting spree. Over the past year I've shot down her every argument with data, much of it from Gun Facts 5.0, and do you know what she said to me last week?

    "I guess I'm just a victim of the liberal propaganda machine."

    I got through, and opened her mind to other possibilities. I hope to one day get her to the range and have her actually fire a handgun. To have her see that it really is just a tool - a tool that SHE can have and use to defend herself against would be attackers.

    I don't know if I could ever get her to the point where she would actually call her political representatives to ask them to stop anti-gun regulation - but I sure as hell am gonna try. And I'm working on other folks too. I just hope I can be tireless. And I hope you can be too.

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    I am fortunate at this time as I live in the free zone (Texas). After Obama takes office who knows how long any place will be a "free zone". Those that think it can't happen here, that we will never loose our rights may wake up one day to find out they have been living in a fairy tale world. If we ever do loose our 2nd Amendment rights the rest will follow quickly.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    I am fortunate at this time as I live in the free zone (Texas). After Obama takes office who knows how long any place will be a "free zone". Those that think it can't happen here, that we will never loose our rights may wake up one day to find out they have been living in a fairy tale world. If we ever do loose our 2nd Amendment rights the rest will follow quickly.
    Fortunately, HK, in addition to defending life, Texas is the only state in which deadly force can be legally be employed in the defense of property. You Texans just have all the darn luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tattedupboy View Post
    Fortunately, HK, in addition to defending life, Texas is the only state in which deadly force can be legally be employed in the defense of property. You Texans just have all the darn luck!
    Check that.... Alabama just recently passed a law allowing it as well. Hence my previous post. I know this to be true as I am a reserve deputy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    I am fortunate at this time as I live in the free zone (Texas). After Obama takes office who knows how long any place will be a "free zone". Those that think it can't happen here, that we will never loose our rights may wake up one day to find out they have been living in a fairy tale world. If we ever do loose our 2nd Amendment rights the rest will follow quickly.


    True but for how much longer if we aren't diligent.

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