Criminal justice instructor Michael Minto was exiting the Kaplan Career Institute when he saw a man being viciously stabbed. According to police, Minto ran onto the scene, drew a handgun for which he has a permit to carry and ordered the attacker to drop the knife. The suspect fled. The victim was treated and released from the hospital. "[If not for Minto], we might be talking about someone who died, said Swatara Township, Pa., Deputy Police Chief Jason Umberger. "There are not many citizens out there that would have the courage to take that action. (The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA, 12/08/09)
Fairfax County, Va., police officer Bud Walker says a resident had time to get his handgun because an armed burglar "was making quite a bit of noise trying to get into the house. The resident made noise as well in an attempt to scare off the suspect. "The burglar ... continued to try to get in even though he knew there was someone inside the house. Our experience is that most burglars ... tend to target houses that are not occupied. The suspect forced his way into the home and opened fire, wounding the resident, who returned fire and forced the intruder from his home. The resident is expected to recover. (The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 12/18/09)
A married couple drove into the cul-de-sac leading to their home and parked in the driveway. They got out of the car and began walking toward their home, when three men sprang out of nowhere and attempted to rob them. The husband was better prepared to defend his life and that of his wife than the men expected. A concealed-carry permit holder, the husband drew a handgun and shot one of the robbers, killing him. The dead suspect's accomplices fled. (The Times Picayune, New Orleans, LA, 12/14/09)
Evil people who would prey on the weaknesses of others may perceive someone like Gary Wroblewski, who uses a wheelchair, as an easy victim. Wroblewski, however, is a man who takes his safety seriously, so when he had a late knock at his door, he grabbed his handgun. "I was suspicious, he recalls. "I didn't really want to open it, but I did. He found the man who knocked, but then a masked man with a history of violent arrests leapt from the bushes and knocked over Wroblewski's chair. "He hit the door and I went tumbling over and just pulled the gun up and started firing, Wroblewski explains. The intruder was killed. His accomplice fled the scene. (WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL, 12/15/09)
Just as a man was getting ready for church, someone rang his doorbell. As he went to answer the door, he saw someone breaking into his truck. Meanwhile, the man heard the garage door opening and what sounded like someone else trying to gain access to the home. He didn't know how many suspects were present or if they were armed. "I felt like a caged animal backed into a hole and trying to get out. the homeowner said. He got a 12-ga. shotgun and fired two shots at one of the assailants. The wounded burglar ran to a nearby car and was joined by a female suspect and fled the garage. They sped away, but the male was arrested when he sought treatment for his wounds. (The Sun-News, Myrtle Beach, SC, 12/08/09)
Police say a perpetrator knocked on Harold Compenstine's door, announced, "This is a robbery!" and put a shotgun in his face. The homeowner slammed the door on the suspect and yelled for a relative to get his gun. The suspect fled, but decided to risk his luck again. He knocked on the door of another home and again pointed a shotgun at the residents inside. One of the residents ran for his own gun and for the second time in one night the suspect had to run rather than face an armed citizen. The suspect remains at large. No word on whether he's given thought to changing career paths. (Sun-Star, Merced, CA, 12/10/09)
With a gun to his face, a Pizza Hut cashier stashed several hundred dollars into a bag. Hearing the commotion, police say a deliveryman with a concealed-carry permit crouched in the back of the store. When the robber walked toward him, the deliveryman gave a verbal warning. Instead the robber went for his gun, forcing the deliveryman to draw his 9mm handgun and fire a shot. The robber will be arrested pending his release from the hospital. (The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, IN, 12/24/09)
Canada's Reversing The "Irreversible Ratchet" Of Gun Control
If all goes well in the Canadian parliament, Dominion gun owners will be freed from 14 years of living under the crushing weight of a bureaucratic, scandal- ridden, wasteful, invasive, $2 billion, error ridden and inarguably worthless long gun registry. The registry has been proven a fraud in regard to promised minimal costs and significant impact on violent crime.
Wendy Cukier-whose Coalition for Gun Control takes credit for the failed registration scheme-explained the pending bill as succinctly as anyone: "It not only eliminates the need to register rifles and shotguns, she bleated, "but requires that the information contained on 7 million registered guns be destroyed.
The stage was set for progress on the repeal with a Nov. 4, 2009, House of Commons "second reading" vote on a "private member's bill,C-391. That measure, passed by a 164-137 margin, was put forward by Manitoba Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Candice Hoeppner. Included in the win were 20 votes from opposition party members.
That major step was a stunning victory for gun owners. It represents years of work by members of Parliament and by a broad coalition of gun rights, conservation and rural interest groups across Canada-especially in educating non-gun-owning citizens.
Under the Canadian parliamentary system, the legislation will be debated next before a committee, then sent back to the House for a "third reading" tally. It is expected to be cleared by the same MPs who voted in November. The repeal bill will then move to the Senate where support is virtually guaranteed since members of the Canadian Senate are appointed by the government-in this case by Conservative Party leader Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who came to power in 2006 aggressively promising to dump the registry.
Tony Bernardo, head of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action, told us, "The organized effort has been to make people aware of just how failed the system is. It's the average Canadian out there who's now been educated as to how bad it is. We didn't give up. We pushed back.
From the beginning, the critical issues were cost and benefit. When it was enacted, the fees for registering 7 million long guns were promised to pay for the system with an additional cost to taxpayers not exceeding $2 million. At the time, noted criminologist Gary Mauser, professor emeritus at British Columbia's Simon Fraser University, warned it would cost taxpayers billions. In fact, it racked up a $2 billion cost to the taxpayers.
But major credit for the impending demise of the long gun registry is actually due to the gun banners themselves.
It boils down to this: if you promise something you know you can't deliver, sooner or later people will get wise to the scam.
The history of the long gun registry began with a horrific mass murder on Dec. 6, 1989, committed by a 25-year-old psychopath who turned his semi-automatic rifle on himself after killing 14 women and wounding 10 other people at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.
After a relentless media firestorm, law-abiding gun owners were told in 1995 they would pay a price for that tragedy with the passage of C-68, a wide ranging gun control bill. C-68 demanded universal gun-owner licensing, universal registration, bans on certain categories of privately owned firearms and intrusive storage requirements.
At the center of the Montreal Massacre, stirring the pot of genuine public horror and grief into irrational media hysteria, was Professor Cukier's Coalition for Gun Control. Cukier is a major player on the U.N. stage managed by George Sores' protg Rebecca Peters.
The primary ingredient in Cukier's poisonous media brew was the big lie that gun control was the answer to murderous individual sociopathy and to the plague of violent crime. But as in England, Australia and our own country, all such schemes are ultimately proved fraudulent.
Too many people willingly bought the big myths of gun control in the late 1980s and early '90s, so the proof would be in the long-term results, which are now as starkly visible as they are empty. Time has not been on the side of the gun-ban crowd.
In 1996, Cukier crowed in a magazine article about how she won the battle for gun control in Canada: "One of the strongest appeals was to the polls ... the Angus Reid poll of Sep. 1993 asked more precise questions and revealed that 86 percent of respondents supported registration of firearms .... "
How times have changed, along with the will of the Canadian people.
Try this from the same pollster Cukier embraced as all-knowing:
On Nov. 19,2009, the Vancouver Sun in British Columbia reported on an Angus Reid survey showing only 8 percent of respondents in B. C. believed the long gun registry has been effective at preventing crime.
This huge reversal in public support is the result of a whole series of events, unavoidably covered by the media.
All four western provinces and Newfoundland opted out-refusing to participate-which amounted to a kind of state civil disobedience.
From the beginning, the imposition of the registration scheme sparked widespread gun owner civil disobedience as well. An estimated 50 percent of otherwise law-abiding citizens ignored the law. There is even a gun-rights organization aptly named the "Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association.
Then there were lawsuits by native peoples and Canadian provinces challenging the gun law, and massive opposition by rank-and-file policemen who saw it all as a waste of time and money.
All of this was exacerbated by deepening scandals involving the creation and gross mismanagement of the long gun registry, including a scathing 2002 auditor general report on grossly ballooning costs, bureaucratic lies, stonewalling and coverups.
The promised $2 million taxpayer cost of the long gun registry ballooned into the largest overrun in Canada's history in excess of $2 billion.
Then there is the irrefutable evidence that the system has nothing whatsoever to do with curbing violent crime. The inevitable dumping of the Canadian long gun registry is proof that freedom will ultimately win out.
As my friend and colleague Dave Kopel, research director of the Independence Institute in Colorado, astutely noted, "Repeal of the Canadian registry would be of tremendous global significance. Repeal would also shatter the claim by the Canadian gun prohibition lobby that gun control in Canada is an irreversible ratchet.
This is huge on the world stage and made all the more significant as a backdrop in the pending debate on the United Nations' global gun ban.
Plan Now to Attend the Year's Biggest Celebration of American Freedom!
As president of this Association, I'd like to personally invite you to attend the greatest gathering in freedom's name of the entire year, in the entire country.
As one who shares your commitment to the Second Amendment, I'm calling on you to join me and tens of thousands of like-minded citizens to celebrate and safeguard firearm freedom as the birthright of all free Americans-now and in the future.
Just about 10 weeks from when this magazine arrives in your mailbox, the 139th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will convene in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I want to see you there. The enemies of our firearm freedoms need to see you there as well.
Today, as terrorist fanatics, foreign governments and U.S. politicians seek to redefine, reduce or destroy the freedoms we hold dear as Americans, we who cherish those freedoms have a duty to stand and defend them from harm.
I can't think of any more vocal, visible or fun way to demonstrate that unity and resolve than by attending the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits May 13-16.
When you consider all there is for your entire family to do and enjoy, I think you'll agree.
In the huge exhibit hall, you can see and handle all the latest and greatest guns, shooting accessories, reloading components, hunting gear, clothing, electronics and outdoor equipment from hundreds of manufacturers whose representatives will be there to answer all of your questions.
Hunting guides from across the U.S. and around the world will be there to discuss and help you plan, price and schedule your next hunt.
Chances are, your kids have learned the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in school, so they'll be thrilled to meet the Eddie Eagle mascot there in person.
Better yet, take them to the on-site air gun range for some safe, supervised shooting fun or competition.
As an NRA member, you'll have free admission to the exhibit hall. But that's just the beginning of the fun, entertaining and educational events planned for the weekend.
Friday at noon, we'll present the NRA Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum, where you'll hear powerful, provocative and patriotic speeches from some of America's top political leaders, opinion makers and inspirational speakers.
Saturday morning, you'll want to attend the Annual Meeting of Members to participate in the official business of our Association. There, you'll hear official reports from NRA officers detailing the threats our freedoms face and our strategy to meet those challenges head on.
Saturday evening, don't miss the premier social event of the weekend-the Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience-featuring a nationally known patriotic keynote speaker. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your tickets early.
Throughout the weekend, you can attend special receptions and seminars on a variety of topics, from the NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop and Clubs and Associations Workshop, to the Annual Firearms Law Seminar and more.
In addition, you'll have opportunities to sit down, break bread and make new friends at events ranging from the National NRA Foundation Banquet Thursday evening and the Sportsmen's Brunch and Auction Friday morning to the 2010 Prayer Breakfast Sunday morning.
All weekend www.NRANews.com will be in Charlotte, broadcasting live from the exhibit hall and from key events. So be sure to stop by and say hello to hosts Cam Edwards and Ginny Simone. Or, if you can't make it to Charlotte, catch all the fun at www.NRANews.com or Sirius Satellite Radio Patriot Channel 144.
For many Americans, Independence Day is the year's biggest celebration of American freedom. But, for me, the NRA Annual Meetings give meaning, relevance and value to our most fundamental freedom like no other event of the year.
After all, firearm freedom sparked the American Revolution. It won America's independence. It protects our families and helps us feed our families. And it keeps us free today.
As former NRA President Charlton Heston said, the Second Amendment is our first freedom, the one right that allows all other rights to exist at all.
To honor, protect and perpetuate that precious freedom, please join me and the rest of the NRA family in Charlotte May 13-16 for the 139th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. Between now and then, please visit www.nraam.org for all the details on the weekend's events.
See you there!