Answer to Terrorism

    There is lots of ideas about what kind of defense is most appropriate against terrorism.  Some people  want terrorists to be treated like any other violation of law and aggressively protect them against violation of their civil rights after their terrorist attacks.  Others point out that the modern terrorist is Islamic so they want to destroy mosques and run their followers out of town since they pose such a threat to our way of life.  Somewhere there should be a rational effective measure between these two outlandish extremes.

    I propose that the best way we can learn how to deal with terrorism is to look to the folk that have had to deal with it most extensively.  Israel is a tiny enclave of western people with democratic ideals that is surrounded by a sea of radical insanity.  They have had to survive in extremely hazardous surroundings for over sixty years and have had to find ways to do so within their physical and financial means.  How have they done it?  Well one of the most effective measures they have employed is to arm their trusted citizens.

    The internet has numerous accounts of how Israeli school teachers,businessmen,students,military reserve members,housewives,and others have stopped terrorist attacks by use of their privately owned concealed weapons.  They have discovered that terrorists are like prowling wolves pursuing the sheep.  The wolf wants to attack and kill as many sheep as possible in order to create the maximum terror and fear.  They focus on the helpless,the infirm,the weak for there is the maximum terror return for the least threat.  What wolf would want to be torn apart or gored by an angry sheep or alert sheep dog?  There would be no 73 virgins in the afterlife for such a wolf as that.

    Starting early in the conflict many years ago Arafat and his terrorist minions focused on school buses and children.  They were least able to defend themselves and offered the most terror for the little effort.  Today each school has a number of teachers who are armed.  Bus drivers are either issued arms or encouraged to carry their privately owned firearms and armed teachers and/or parents go along on school trips.  By arming teachers to provide protection until security forces can arrive they have deterred terrorism in schools for the past 30 years.

    Israeli Police Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisky has repeatedly called on all concealed-handgun-permit holders to carry firearms at all times. In March,Israeli police announced they wanted to increase the
    number of Israelis carrying handguns by 60,000.  Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisky stated:  “There’s no question that weapons in the hands of the public have prevented acts of terror or stopped them.”  This is a simple acknowledgment of fact and that fact is anything but new today.  Many of the founding fathers of our country were outspoken on the subject that citizens should be armed.  The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. –Alexander Hamilton  

    The idea that respectful citizens possessing the right and ability to arm and protect themselves,their family and friends just plain makes good sense.  It provides security for the people while costing the government essentially nothing.  In a recent debate in a 2011 Arkansas House Legislature committee meeting on a bill to allow churches to have specific members possess firearms in church for security one AR state representative was presented with the question,“What do you do if an armed person enters our church as has happened elsewhere  and attempts to kill the pastor?”  She replied,“Well sometimes you just have to die.”   Such irrational thinking among legislators is insane.  Voting for such a person is equally insane.

    The “shall issue”laws that have come in effect in recent years are a great start to turn the tide of violence in our nation.  According to a number of sources,states enacting such laws have seen a corresponding decrease in violent crime rates after enacting such a measure.  It is likely that presence of armed citizens might have decreased the number of people injured or killed in the Tucson attach early this year.

    It is really a simple concept to understand,wolves don’t chose to attack bears,lions or sheep dogs but prefer helpless sheep.   If they know the sheep dog is on duty,they will likely chose another sheep fold.  Likewise criminals,thugs or terrorists are likely to look elsewhere for easier picking if they expect opposition. Responsible citizens carrying their personally owned firearms are the sheep dogs of our society.

    Instead of preventing law-abiding citizens from possessing guns the government should be encouraging them to get a self-protection weapon,learn to use it responsibly,and carry it regularly either openly or concealed.  “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed –unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”—James Madison,“The Federalist Papers.”  We should be following the wisdom of our founding fathers with regard to providing the right and ability of citizens to protect themselves.

    Perhaps one of my favorite quotes on this subject is the common sense statement of James Earl Jones,“The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns,we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”  Why in the world would we want the “decent people”to be forced to be on the losing side of the battle against terrorism and crime?

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    Following is a few links of interest:

    In Time of War:  The Israeli answer to terrorism
    by Massad Ayoob
    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/ayoob81.html

    Could Armed Defense have saved victims in Tucson?
    http://blogs.federalwaymirror.com/markknapp/armed-defense-saved-victims-tucson/119/

    Armed Brooklyn Jews protrol their neighborhoods against terrorism
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/2002/06/17/ncguest2.htm
    “There’s no question that weapons in the hands of the public have
    prevented acts of terror or stopped them while they were in progress,”
    Aharonisky says.

    Ordinary,responsible Americans need to be armed,just as Israelis
    are in the war against terrorism,writes author/researcher John R.
    Lott Jr.,who says that’s the only adequate response to the terrorist
    threat Americans now face.
    http://www.gunblast.com/Armed_Citizens.htm

    ISRAEL:GUNS FOR DEFENSE AGAINST TERRORISM
    http://www.calgunlaws.com/index.php/che-talk/694.html

    What Liberals Don’t Know About Guns,Chapter 217

    by Ann Coulter
    02/02/2011
    Fresh off of blaming Jared Loughner’s killing spree in the Tucson mall on Sarah Palin,liberals are now blaming it on high-capacity magazines. They might as well imprison everyone named “Jared”to prevent a crime like this from ever happening again.

    During the presidential campaign,Obama said:“I don’t know of any self-respecting hunter that needs 19 rounds of anything. You don’t shoot 19 rounds at a deer,and if you do,you shouldn’t be hunting.”It would have been more accurate for him to end that sentence after the word “hunter.”

    It’s so adorable when people who wouldn’t know a high-capacity magazine from Vanity Fair start telling gun owners what they should want and need.

    In fact,high-capacity mags put a predator like Loughner at a disadvantage because they are so long,unwieldy and difficult to conceal. This may be why the Tucson shooting appears to be the first spree killing involving a high-capacity magazine. It would have been easier for Loughner to bring two guns.

    On the other hand,for a homeowner who is a poor marksman,a large-capacity clip could be a lifesaver.

    But after every multiple murder,liberals come up with some crackpot idea to “do something”that invariably involves infringing on some aspect of our Second Amendment rights.

    The ACLU won’t let us put nuts in mental hospitals and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik wouldn’t lock up Loughner even after he had broken the law several times.

    In an open society that includes Sheriff Dumbnik and the ACLU,deranged individuals may explode into murder and mayhem now and then. The best we can do is enact policies that will reduce the death toll when these acts of carnage occur.

    There’s only one policy of any kind that has ever been shown to deter mass murder:concealed-carry laws. In a comprehensive study of all public,multiple-shooting incidents in America between 1977 and 1999,the highly regarded economists John Lott and Bill Landes found that concealed-carry laws were the only laws that had any beneficial effect.

    And the effect was not small. States that allowed citizens to carry concealed handguns reduced multiple-shooting attacks by 60 percent and reduced the death and injury from these attacks by nearly 80 percent.

    When there are no armed citizens to stop mass murderers,the killers are able to shoot unabated,even pausing to reload their weapons,until they get bored and stop. Some stop only when their trigger fingers develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Consider just the school shootings —popular sites for mass murder because so many schools are “gun-free zones.”Or,as mass murderers call them,“free-fire zones.”

    At Columbine High School,two students killed 12 people before ending the carnage themselves by committing suicide. They didn’t need high-capacity magazines because they were able to stop and reload.

    At the Amish school shooting in 2006 in Lancaster County,Pennsylvania,the deranged killer murdered five little girls and then committed suicide.

    In 1998,two students in Craighead County,Arkansas,killed five people,including four little girls,before the killers decided to stop and attempt an escape.

    And in 2007,a deranged student killed 32 people at Virginia Tech —30 of them in a very short period of time in one building. He didn’t need high-capacity magazines because he had two guns and reloaded.

    There was no one to stop him.

    School shootings that have been halted were almost always stopped by the happenstance of an armed citizen on school property.

    In 2002,an immigrant in Virginia started shooting his classmates at the Appalachian Law School in Grundy. Two of his classmates retrieved guns from their cars,forcing the killer to drop his weapon and allowing a third classmate to tackle him.

    Three dead.

    In Santee,Calif.,in 2001,when a student began shooting his classmates,the school activated its “safe school plan”—as the principal later told CNN —by sending a “trained campus supervisor”to stop the killer.

    Possibly not realizing that he was in a gun-free zone,the killer responded by shooting the trained campus supervisor three times. Fortunately,an armed off-duty San Diego policeman happened to be bringing his daughter to school that day. With a gun,he stopped the killer and held him at bay until more police could arrive.

    Two dead.

    In 1997,a student at Pearl High School in Pearl,Miss.,had already shot several people at his high school and was headed for the junior high school when assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieved a .45 pistol from his car and pointed it at the gunman’s head,ending the slaughter.

    Two dead.

    In 1998,a student attending a junior high school dance at a restaurant in Edinboro,Pa.,started shooting,whereupon the restaurant owner pulled out his shotgun,chased the gunman from the restaurant and captured him for the police.

    One dead.

    See the pattern?

    In response to Columbine,schools adopted “anti-bullying”policies;in response to Virginia Tech,eBay ceased selling magazines online;in response to the Tucson shooting,liberals want to ban the particular magazine Loughner used.

    And then the next killer will come along with a different arsenal and a different motive,and the only way to stop him will be with an armed citizen with a gun.

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