Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why do I need a gun when we have Police?

If we do not fight crime on a personal level we are abdicating our personal responsibilities as citizens and condoning evil. Yet for decades we have been told by big-city police departments to give the criminal what he wants. Do not resist because you might get hurt. We have allowed our schools to demonize firearms, which are the most effective weapons for personal defense. We have been encouraged to rely on authority to protect us.
However, things have changed since 1993. One of the positive things that came out of the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and, more recently, Hurricane Katrina, is that people realized that the government can not protect them. The veneer of civilized society is exceeding thin.
The other thing that has been happening in the past two decades is that concealed-weapons laws have rampaged through state legislatures. At this writing forty states have laws that make it relatively easy for law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns for protection. More than three million people have licenses to carry handguns concealed in public.
All the ordinary citizens who go to the expense and trouble of getting concealed-carry licenses are taking the first small steps toward being responsible for their own safety. They have taken a stand against the degradation and humiliation of being victims of crime. They have indicated that they are willing to take the risk of fighting back.
 From the book: Thank God I Had A Gun, by: Chris Bird

The odds of the average US citizen being a victim of a violent crime in their lifetime:
1 in 150.

The odds of law enforcement being there to protect you at the time of the attack:
1 in 1000.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Four Basic Laws of Firearm Safety

Law 1
Always treat a firearm as if it were loaded.
By doing this you greatly reduce your chances of a negligent firing.

Law 2
Never aim a firearm, loaded or unloaded, at anything you are not willing to destroy.
Like Law 1, this will greatly reduce your chances of making a very serious and costly mistake.

Law 3
Never put your finger on the trigger or in the trigger guard until you are aiming at your intended target and are ready to fire.
Firearm trigger pull can range from very heavy 10 pounds or more to very light 2 pounds or less (hair trigger). Firearms will only fire when the trigger is pulled, the firearm is dropped and lands just right or there is a malfunction. Since it is designed to fire when the trigger is pulled, keep your finger off of the trigger until you ready to fire. The trigger finger should rest on the frame, slide or cylinder above the trigger and on the side of the firearm until you are ready to fire.

Law 4
Never handle a firearm that you are unfamiliar with unless you are being trained how to use the firearm by a responsible adult who is familiar with it.
Like Laws 1 and 2, this will greatly reduce your chances of a negligent firing.