Crime: The Natural Solution
From: "Angel Shamaya"
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 02:48:13 -0700
Subject: Crime: The Natural Solution
To the Editor
RE: Focus on Terror Creates Burden for the Police
October 28, 2001
-- 528 words --
Crime: The Natural Solution
New York Times' October 28 report
regarding the reduction in law enforcement's capability to function in the role
of Crime Reduction was helpful as far as information goes, but it offered no
sound solutions whatsoever.
All we learned is that We the People
are further on our own. I read New York Times and the New York Post, but I read
them from a far away place: The West -- where we are legally allowed to protect
our own lives, liberties and properties with the most effective, most affordable,
most efficient form of self-protection devised: the handgun. Out West, we believe
that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are in fact inalienable.
Meanwhile, New York City residents,
living at Ground Zero itself, aren't allowed to carry a firearm for self-defense.
The rich upper crust can get a "permit," and the politicians can get
a "permit," too. But the unwashed masses are told by "the law"
that they must continue to be easy prey. Those who carry are considered and
treated like felons -- for simply exercising a basic human right: self-defense.
Police officers with guns will lock
you in jail for carrying a gun just like they do -- even if only to defend yourself
against the criminal element from which they can offer very little if any protection.
Try to explain the sanity or fairness in that fact to a young, curious child
and see how far you get. "Little Johnny, a policeman can't protect you,
but if you choose to carry a gun to protect yourself, a policeman has time to
spend with you then -- to lock you in a cage for doing what he won't and can't
do." Makes perfect sense, right?
Yes, police do the best job they
can do. Yes, we are grateful for the many good cops that catch the many bad
guys. But they cannot be everywhere at once, and they are reminding us painfully
of that fact like never before. In bold print, in broad daylight. If I lived
in New York City, I would carry a firearm and risk the consequences of my choice
to be unvictimizable. I would never seek to harm another person unless and only
if it was to defend my own life and/or the life of another innocent person.
I respect the boundaries of a civil society immensely.
But there is nothing civil at all
about requiring a 90-pound mother to walk down a dark street alone so she can
go to a late night job to earn a living to keep food on the table -- and I do
not respect, and will never respect at all, a "law" that would require
her to do so.
The natural solution in this time
when law enforcement is openly admitting that its ability to prevent crimes
is reduced to a new modern low is so obvious: restore the right of self-defense,
and make that fact widely known.
When the police stand in open admission
that they cannot prevent crimes against your person, do they honestly believe
they have the "right" to prevent you from defending your own precious
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