L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 54, August 31, 1999
"We didn't start the fire ..."
Fact or Phobia on Guns: The Choice is Ours
by Vin Suprynowicz
Special to TLE
One of the news digests I receive over the Internet reported last
week: "FEWER GUNS FOUND IN SCHOOLS: Despite an outburst of horrendous
and well-publicized shootings in schools, the U.S. Education
Department said today the number of students expelled for bringing
guns and explosives onto campuses took a sharp dip last year."
Can anyone spot the blatant bias in this "news summary"? Focus on
that word "despite." Now try reading the same item, substituting for
the word "despite" the phrase "Helping to explain ..."
One more time: Nut cases only succeed in multiple killings when they
can be confident their prospective victims are disarmed.
As Marilyn Henry reported for the Jerusalem Post on Aug. 12, under
the headline "U.S. Jewish gun advocates call for self-defense":
"Aaron Zelman isn't calling for gun control after the Tuesday
shooting at a Los Angeles Jewish center that wounded five people,
including four children. Quite the reverse: He is aggressively
pushing Jewish self-defense."
"'The Jewish community is blind,' said Zelman, the chairman of
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
'We must be able to defend ourselves against evil-doers.' ...
A Marine Corps veteran who believes "gun control" will eventually
lead to an American police state, Zelman told the Post that Israelis
-- who have experienced no such terror attacks since they started
arming teachers, day care workers, and even parent volunteers --
could teach America's liberal politicians a thing or two about
"'I chose to move out of the city of Milwaukee and take my children
out of a Jewish day school because the people who run these schools
don't give a damn about security. What they call security doesn't
amount to a $25 system from K-Mart,' said Zelman, the father of two.
"'I am not going to subject my children to being sitting ducks
because of what I call Jewish stupidity. They are not going to be
victims like these kids today,' he said."
Mr. Zelman was even more strident in a subsequent interview with the
Internet publication World Net Daily,
declaring: "It's time for the
American gun owners -- Jewish and non-Jewish alike -- to take a stand
together, shoulder to shoulder, and tell the 'victim disarmament'
crowd that the blood is on their hands for what happened (in Los
"'The JPFO is not a bunch of redneck, paranoid Jewish gun nuts,'
Rabbi Reuven Mermelstein, director of the group's editorial board,
told Ms. Henry of the Post.
"'It says in our Torah, "And you must surely guard your life." I
understand this injunction to mean stay out of inclement weather, eat
wisely, and be armed.'"
"While California's state constitution has a provision for the
issuance of concealed weapons carry permits, it is the long-standing
position of the Los Angeles Police and Sheriff Department that no
permits are ever issued," Rabbi Mermelstein wrote in an Aug. 11
Internet "alert" to JPFO members.
"We were, are, and will continue to be victims. If anyone attempts to
arm him or herself, he or she will be in violation of the law and
tried as a criminal. ... A layman's rendering of Exodus 22:1 [22:2 in some
versions] would read, 'When you are threatened with deadly force, don't look to Me.
You have been commanded to take whatever measures are necessary to
ensure your own survival.'"
The world is, sadly, overpopulated with psychotics like the Los
Angeles shooter, says Rabbi Mermelstein. "But Americans have always
had the cure. (Only) the whims of capricious legislators living
inside their gated communities ... prevent its use. It is a national
disgrace that ... potential victims are denied the only known disease
prevention that is easily carried in a waistband or handbag."
Of course, those with an irrational phobia for firearms -- the tools
with which Americans won their independence and brought down Adolf
Hitler -- will whine, "Turning our child care centers into armed
camps will never do; fighting violence with violence is never the
Really? So when the folks at the North Valley Jewish Community Center
dialed 911 last week, they specified "Now, please don't send us the
kind of officers who carry guns, since we believe guns never solve
Of course not. They hoped the LAPD would send the best shooters in
town. We already do fight guns with guns. The only mistake we
make is in believing the police will ever arrive in time to stop the nut
from working his will on his victims -- the cretinous assumption
necessary to embrace "gun control," which really only means "victim
What are culture and technology good for, if we don't use them to
protect the progeny to whom we hope to hand down these achievements?
Yet while great Americans like Samuel Colt and John M. Browning gave
us the tools we need to protect our children, our current crop of
politicians make it harder and harder for that technology to be used
by law-abiding citizens.
We tolerate tax rates which require mom to work outside the home just
to pay the taxes on dad's paycheck, which is all that creates the
need for "day care centers" in the first place. Yet does anyone blame
the IRS and its tax code for such shootings?
Air bags have killed more American kids than school shootings since
1983 (82 dead in school shootings, according to the National School
Safety Center; 99 killed by airbag deployments, even if 21 of those
have yet to be confirmed by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration.) But do we wheel out brain-damaged cripples in
wheelchairs under the TV lights, prodding them to mumble out a
memorized plea for "Air Bag Control"?
"It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced
to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program
costing the government more than $500 million dollars," according to
a letter-to-the-editor published in the Orange County Register Aug.
4. "And now the results are in: ... Australia-wide, armed robberies
are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent). In the state of Victoria,
homicides with firearms are up 300 percent. ...
"Bet you won't see this data on the evening news," the California
letter-writer concludes. "It's time to state it plainly: Guns in the
hands of honest citizens save lives and property."
John Lott, a law professor at the University of Chicago, agrees: "The
safest course of action by far for someone to take when confronted by
a criminal -- whether the criminal's armed or not armed -- is to have
a gun yourself," Lott told World Net Daily this week.
Lott's studies --
the most detailed ever undertaken
-- show women who behave passively when confronted by a criminal are 2.5 times more
likely to be injured than women who actively attempt to defend
themselves -- especially by pulling their own gun.
"If you look across the United States, those states with the highest
gun ownership rates tend to have the lowest murder rates and lowest
violent crime rates across the board," says Professor Lott. "And
probably more importantly, those states that have had the biggest
increases in gun ownership have had the biggest relative drops in
Which state has the most onerous victim disarmament regulations, by
the way -- now including the first statewide attempt to actually
confiscate semi-automatic rifles once ruled legal?
The state to which the depraved Buford O'Neal Furrow Jr. traveled in
search of an easy target, of course: California.
Vin Suprynowicz, assistant editorial page editor of the Las Vegas
Review-Journal, is author of the book, "Send in the Waco Killers:
Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1993-1998," available at $21.95 plus
$3 shipping through Mountain Media, P.O. Box 271122, Las Vegas, Nev.
89127; by dialing 1-800-244-2224; or via web site
On the Turkish government's slaughter of 1.5 million disarmed
Armenians in 1915:
"Still, though many tales of individual bravery exist, the Armenians
were not strong enough to end the ordeal. Without weapons, even small
underground Armenian resistance groups were unable to stop the two
years of bloodshed."
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