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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. Fancy that.

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 life?


Angel Shamaya
Founder/Executive Director
1109 S. Plaza Way, #136
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(928) 522-8833
Operation Self Defense

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