Hugs Not Guns

Another senseless shooting occurred in Seattle, WA. A popular, sometimes sleepy cafe, known as Café Racer in the University District was devastated by one armed man taking five lives and critically injuring another.

At AceFrog, our heart felt sympathies go out to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims.

TRAGEDY AND GOVERNANCE

Fear, anxiety, and anger are violently stirring within the public cauldron of opinion over the recent shooting at Café Racer. Seattle’s city government, including Mayor McGinn, are wasting no time using this latest shooting as a pivot to further their anti-gun stance. Proposed legislation on the Mayor’s desk, prior to the shooting, already laid the groundwork for outlawing all private gun possession within the city.

The proposed gun ban legislation for the city of Seattle is a prime example of good intentions losing to unintended consequences. Legislation banning private citizenry’s right to carry handguns always ends up punishing the law-abiding citizen while emboldening lawless criminals.

To the good citizens of Seattle, the time is now to make our voice heard that we have the right to legally defend ourselves.

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Mayor McGinn held a news conference within four hours of the Café Racer shooting. During his speech, he spoke of taking a look at the way guns are acquired to combat the surge of gun violence in 2012. The press conference can be viewed here in its entirety.

There are no hidden agendas when it comes to gun restrictions and the local government of the Emerald City. They have been publicly vocal about banning private possession of any type of firearm within city limits for the last year and a half.

Here’s a question I have yet to hear from the press concerning the tragedy at Café Racer: Would a ban on the private possession of firearms within the city limits of Seattle have stopped the shooting by Ian Stawicki at Café Racer? Would a firearm ban stop any other Seattle shooting in 2012? If so, how?

I respond to both of these questions with an emphatic no! A reality check, backed by nationwide statistics, clearly shows that criminals and the mentally unstable rarely adhere to gun law(s) when committing their crimes.

HISTORY DOESN’T LIE

One outcome of banning private gun possession within the city of Seattle will be an increase in gun violence. If one needs proof, look no further than the hyper-escalation of gun violence in another gun free city: Chicago, Illinois. Even the FBI has found that gun free zones create nothing less than a criminal’s paradise.

Criminals cheer gun free zones because it grants better odds of success in their criminal venture due to a reduced probability of confrontation by an armed citizen. In addition, the average response time to a crime within the United States by police is five minutes. It took Ian Stawicki less than ninety seconds to kill five and injure one – not enough time for police to arrive on the scene and subdue the shooter but plenty of time for a legally armed citizen to confront the shooter. Unfortunately, the Café Racer tragedy is just one more example of what happens when an unarmed citizenry meets an armed madman.

GOVERNMENT GUARDIAN

We the citizenry need to vehemently resist and ultimately stop governments’ gross gun stereotypes which propagate unconstitutional gun laws. The Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights applies to all states!

Imagine the demoralizing dictate put forth by a city mayor with a anti-gun agenda. The unspoken message to the public would sound something like this: “Mr. John Q Public, you simply do not have the proper abilities to handle a firearm in a life threatening situation in our city. Therefore, it is more dangerous for you to possess a firearm as others can be unintentionally wounded or killed. You may ask what about the people who break gun laws and commit heinous crimes against an unarmed citizenry? I can assure you the police will handle these situations swiftly and safely to effectively neutralize any threat. So, Mr. Public, the police will be everywhere and anywhere to save you from illegal gun violence in our newly formed gun free zone. Gun crime will be reduced. Fewer guns in society allow for less gun violence to occur.”

How does this circular logic work for you? By trying to simplify a very complex, multi-faceted problem equates to nothing less than a legislative disaster. Fewer firearms in a society does not equate to lowering gun violence. This fact has already been proven.

What would the outcome be at Café Racer if the owner had a legal firearm on-site? What if a cafe patron had a properly permitted concealed firearm on his person? Would the outcome be different? Would the playing field have been leveled between the aggressor and the citizenry? Concerning the outcome, I would hope the owner and/or patron would quickly neutralize the threat thus reducing the loss of life. Concerning the question of leveling the playing field between the perpetrator and the patrons/owner, the answer is a resounding yes!

PC BEHAVIOR NEED NOT APPLY

A plea to American society: I deplore you, please stop letting political correctness get in the way of societies ability to balance individual’s rights with safety. Guns are an intertwined part of our culture and are here to stay. Outlawing their private possession will increase gun violence and further embolden criminal activity.

Anti gun laws also pave the way for increased governmental tyranny against a unarmed citizenry. History has proven this fact multiple times over.

To dispel it is to repeat it.

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“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

–Thomas Jefferson

 

“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

— Mohandas Gandhi

 

“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

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