Friday, December 19, 2008

The Human Right of Self-Defense

Does God Believe in Gun Control? By David B. Kopel

Consider the situation of a mother in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood, moments after an escaped psychopathic murderer has broken into her house. The woman has good reason to fear that the intruder is about to slaughter her three children. If she does not shoot him with her .38 special, the children will be dead before the police will arrive. Is the woman's moral obligation to murmur "violence engenders violence," and keep her handgun in the drawer while her children die? Or is the mother's moral duty to save her children, and shoot the intruder?

The view that life is a gift from God, and that permitting the wanton destruction of one's own life (or the life of a person under one's care) amounts to hubris is hardly new. As a 1747 sermon in Philadelphia put it: "He that suffers his life to be taken from him by one that hath no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defense, incurs the Guilt of self murder since God hath enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend itself."

Slowly but surely I'm coming out of the brainwashing liberals give you about gun ownership. I was never anti-gun but just never felt the need to have one. Everyday we hear about armed robberies around Orlando. Everyday. And they are getting worse. Sometimes they are caught but most times they are not. Even when they are, the justice system doesn't keep them locked up long. Gun laws do nothing to keep them from getting guns - they don't come by them legally.

Here's a recent headline: New Gun Laws Coming to LA. These laws do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the people pushing this are wrong. Gangbangers don't go down to the local gun shop and purchase a gun. They already can't. It's already illegal for criminals to have guns, you can't make it more illegal. Meanwhile, innocent people are being terrorized by thugs who have already proven they will not respect the law and are let out of jail again and again and again. This is not justice, it's insanity. It's wrong. I am just completely sick of lawmakers, judges, and activists putting my family in danger.

And one more thing: Rapist surprised to find victim is ardent Second Amendment supporter

I already did a post on this story but the Hot Air blog adds a comment I want to emphasis.

Exit question: With 11 felonies to his record and enough criminal savvy to cut the power in the home, how many more rapes did this woman prevent?

Thank God we'll never know.

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