To: El Gato
There is another thread up about a store owner shooting a robber. What kills me are these left wing nut jobs who think that outlawing guns is the answer. I have been in Law-enforcement for 20 years in both California (Bay area and Los Angeles Co. and Orange CO.) and Texas. I have never seen anyone who was a legal gun owner commit a crime with their gun. When I first moved to Texas, W. had just been elected Governor and one of the first things he did was pass the CCW laws. At first I was worried that there was going to be a bunch of nuts running around and that there was going to be hell to pay the first time two CCW holders shoot each other over a parking space (HAS NOT HAPPENED). What I have seen is over 10 incidents in the past 8 years where police officer's lives have been saved by CCW holders who have come to their aid when back up was too far away. That doesn't sound like a lot, but tell that to the 10 sets of wives, children, parents, Etc. who's LEO loved one came home to them. Honestly, I don't really know that the CCW laws have actually prevented criminals from deciding not to commit a crime (one of the original arguments in Texas was that it would) but it has reduced the amount of criminals getting away with the crimes (whether they are dead or bleeding or just laying spread eagle on the ground when the police show up after the crime is complete are all fine out comes with me).
The flip side to criminals being bad shots though is that they rarely hit their intended victims and all too often it is some innocent by stander who takes the bullet, so I've thought about this for a couple of years and I think the best solution to that problem is mandatory CCW's. We take everyone over the age of 21 who has a clean criminal record and arm them. We teach them all how to shoot, we even use tax dollars to fund it. Now we already know that it won't prevent bad guys from committing crimes, but it will make the punishment a sure thing if not immediate. Eventually, there won't be any bad guys left.
Just read yer homepage and had a hoot!
You Texans ought to immediately apply to become Kiwis: we'd welcome you with open arms, as Brothers. We need a colony overseas, and I can't think of a better one than Texas!
(Kidding, mate: but only just. We just have to get used to the fact that yer now part of the USA and we missed out: "snooze you lose" or so they say.)
Tho' we have the population of, say, metropolitan Chicago, us Kiwis punch way above our weight. Y'all would fit in just fine with us rugby-loving Galoots. Most of us can shoot straight despite our Government's preference for us to be unarmed. And we have wide-open-spaces -- but not quite on a Texas Scale -- and we appreciate our neighbors at a distance.
God Bless the Lone Star State. And God Defend New Zealand.
And God Bless America.
Cheers from DownUnder (NZ)
"DieHard the Hunter"
posted on 03/15/2006 1:32:28 AM PST
by DieHard the Hunter
(I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
"Now we already know that it won't prevent bad guys from committing crimes, but it will make the punishment a sure thing if not immediate. Eventually, there won't be any bad guys left."
Now you're making sense! "Think of it as Evolution in action."
posted on 03/15/2006 5:23:15 PM PST
by Old Student
(WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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