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Shotgun! 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 Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets 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. Kind of 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
Government Usurps Right to Self-Defense
Geoff Metcalf
Monday, Jan. 12, 2004

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The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws. – Ayn Rand Don't even think about ever living in Wilmette, Ill., if you believe you have a God-given inalienable right to defend your family. Hale DeMar is a Chicago-area homeowner who has been charged with violating an insane local ordinance banning possession of handguns. Wilmette, Ill., is the antithesis of Kennesaw, Ga. In 1982 Kennesaw passed an ordinance requiring heads of households (with certain exceptions) to keep at least one firearm in their homes. Kennesaw is one example validating Dr. John Lott's claim of "More Guns, Less Crime" and proves that the presence of firearms actually improves safety and security. This axiom is anathema to the mainstream media and other liberal sycophants.

Wilmette Police Chief George Carpenter said, "We much prefer, for the safety of the home, that a resident who finds himself in this situation immediately lock the door of the room he's in and dial 911." I'm surprised he didn't suggest huddling in a corner with a blanket over your head. On Aug. 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. http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/incremental_20000928.html

When the Martin controversy erupted, many said (and still say), "Yeah, but that's England!" Hell-o? DeMar is a Chicago area restaurant owner ... the deluded Carpenter is an American police chief. The Tony Martin case sparked an excrement storm that is still swirling. The accomplice of the killed burglar, who was also shot by Martin (and who had more than 30 criminal convictions), is trying to sue Martin for damages as a result of being shot. Go figure … I supposed American burglars injured 'on the job' would apply for and receive workman's compensation? In October 2001 Martin's offense was begrudgingly downgraded to manslaughter and his sentence reduced to five years. But the controversy continues. The surviving burglar is trying to sue Martin for damages as a result of being shot. He has asked for a reported £15,000 for loss of earnings, claiming he can no longer enjoy sex or bear to see shootings on television. The plaintiff is currently in jail (which raises an interesting question about his alleged sexual dysfunction). Martin has struggled with the parole board for early release from prison. He is due for automatic release on 28 July, but could have been released as early as September last year. However, the parole board has continually refused him early release, saying – now pay attention to this – he has shown no remorseand would continue to pose a danger to any other burglars. Wait a flippin' minute … Martin poses a danger to other BURGLARS?

Actually, Martin will be vulnerable to revenge attacks from his suing burglar's supporters – who have reportedly put a heavy bounty on his head. Despite criminals putting a bounty on Martin's head, the government has its panties in a bunch over the prospect that (God forbid) Martin may be compelled to protect himself? What is wrong with this picture? Meanwhile, here in the "land of the free," Morio Billings reportedly entered the DeMar home twice within 24 hours. Prosecutors say Billings crashed through the DeMar front window after he was shot, then drove himself to the hospital in the family's SUV (which he had stolen the night before). Billings, convicted last year of a similar home burglary, is now in the Cook County Jail with bail set at $3 million. DeMar is looking at up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine or court supervision or probation if convicted. The village's handgun ordinance carries a separate fine of up to $750. Chief Carpenter (a permanent resident of the state of denial in a suburb of Stepford) insists local residents have responded favorably. "Wilmette residents are much safer without a handgun in their homes," he told the Tribune. BULLFEATHERS! I'd send him a copy of Dr. John Lott's "More Guns, Less Crime" but doubt his willingness or capacity to read the compendium of facts that empirically contradict his preconceived p.c. hogwash. Carpenter said he regrets "the intrusion on this family's privacy." Right! Of course Carpenter has a gun in HIS house. Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, noted, "The right to self-defense is the right that all creatures on this Earth have. ... What they do is they make the citizens in these villages and towns fair game." These stories are not scenes from an Ionesco play; they are classic examples of abuse of power under the color of authority. In "The Nature of Government,"Ayn Rand observed, "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the

government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." Visit Geoff Metcalf's Web site at http://www.geoffmetcalf.com. He may be contacted at geoff@geoffmetcalf.com. Editor's note: FREE e-mail alerts from NewsMax.com – click here now!
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