Gut Rumbles

December 07, 2004

always good

Yeah, he's one of those guys who make me hang my head and whisper, "I am not worthy." mark Steyn is ALWAYS good.

I own firearms. I live in a county where almost EVERYBODY owns firearms. Hell, I live in a STATE where almost everybody owns firearms, except for those in places such as Atlanta, which is a blue-state enclave in the middle of a really red state. That's one of the many reasons why I hate Atlanta.

People don't tend to break into houses where I live, especially if someone is at home. A burglar is likely to be shot dead, and the police will call it a justifiable homicide when they drag the goblin's body off. That policy tends to discourage "hot" burglaries.

But the trouble is that this kind of burglary - the kind most likely to go "wrong" - is now the norm in Britain. In America, it's called a "hot" burglary - a burglary that takes place when the homeowners are present - or a "home invasion", which is a much more accurate term. Just over 10 per cent of US burglaries are "hot" burglaries, and in my part of the world it's statistically insignificant: there is virtually zero chance of a New Hampshire home being broken into while the family are present. But in England and Wales it's more than 50 per cent and climbing. Which is hardly surprising given the police's petty, well-publicised pursuit of those citizens who have the impertinence to resist criminals.

Yeah, if you resist a burglar in Britain, YOU become the criminal. If this isn't a page right out of A Clockwork Orange, I don't know what is. If you "invade" MY home, you'd better shoot me before I shoot you, because I'll protect myself and my property by whatever means I deem necessary. If that means killing you, I'll do it. And I know that I probably will NOT go to jail for doing it.

The British establishment's current complacent approach accepts that ever greater and ever more violent crime is a fact of life, rather than a historical aberration encouraged by the unprecedented constraints placed on the law-abiding and the boundless licence extended to the criminal class. That policy leads remorselessly to more deaths, and to lives lived under small but ever more insidious and corrupting restrictions.

People, government is NEVER going to stop crime. Government can investigate crimes after they happen, occasionally arrest the perpetrators AFTER the crime has occurred and file lots of paperwork, but government can't protect you. The mess happens first and then the government gets involved. It's too late for YOU by then.

Fuck ANY government that disarms its citizens and then takes the side of the lawless when a citizen attempts to defend himself from rogues intent on killing him or stealing his property. I have never fired a gun at anyone, but I've saved my ass from a nasty experience TWICE by just showing that I had one.

And one of the main reason the goblins ran instead of continuing their planned robbery on me was the fact that they knew that I could get away with shooting them. THAT'S a damn good deterrent to crime.

I once heard a lecture by G. Gordon Liddy (excellent and entertaining speaker) where he talked about meeting a lot of professional criminals in prison. He said that the two things burglars fear most is an armed homeowner and a barking dog, in that order. Britain has outlawed the armed homeowner. They'll probably outlaw barking dogs next, although what good is a barking dog if you can't defend yourself and criminals have free right of passage into your home?

And they wonder why crime is up.


Right ON! Preach it, Brother.

Posted by: No on December 7, 2004 01:40 PM

I have nine dogs none of which will hurt anyone but they will raise hell if anyone comes around. I also own a double barrel 12 gage shotgun that has been slightly modified and always has 00 buckshot in it. I will kill a burgler and the state of South Carolina says it is ok.

Posted by: James Old Guy on December 7, 2004 01:57 PM

lawsuits lawsuits lawsuits. Next time someone tries breaking to my house i might offer him a cup of milk and point out where i hide my money.

Posted by: Halo on December 7, 2004 02:04 PM


That's where the three "s"'s come in:



Shut up.

Posted by: Jay G. on December 7, 2004 02:23 PM

I live in New Hampshire, and I think our State home protection laws are about as good as they get. You can shoot anyone in your home as long as they are commiting a crime. Anyone in your house who isn't supposed to be there has done the Breaking and Entering thing, which happens to be a crime in New Hampshire.
Pretty cool.
There is even a better slant to it than that though. If you shoot someone in your home, and the State agrees that it was justified (and it pretty much always does), you cannot be tried in a Civil Court by the Bad Guys next of kin.

And to go on a bit, we have a pretty cool State motto also - Live Free or Die.

General John Stark (an interesting man and a true Leader of Men), in poor health and unable to attend a gathering at the 32nd anniversary of the 1777 Battle of Bennington VT, sent a Toast instead. In full it reads "Live Free or Die; Death is Not the Worst of Evils."

I know my State went Blue this season, and that's been kind of hard. But the Dems here don't seem fundamentally bad. Jean Shaheen, our Democratic Governess, a couple of years ago, actually enacted laws to make it easier to cap someone in your home. Those would be Good Democrats.


Posted by: Brian Z. on December 7, 2004 07:34 PM

I've got two barkers and a few well-placed guns....I feel pretty safe here in a yankee red state.

Posted by: marcl on December 7, 2004 08:14 PM
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