The Right-to-Carry Laws in 2012
The one comment that I have received so far on my latest article, Do American's Really Want Stronger Gun Control Laws? read, “A shame that any honest person feels they need a gun.” The real shame is that so many relatively intelligent people think that disarming the honest citizen will reduce violent crime when, in reality, just the opposite is true. In the 41 states with a right-to-Carry law in effect, violent crimes have reached a 37-year low. Where is the shame in that achievement?
- Self-defense is a Fundamental Right.
- More Right-to-Carry Laws has proven to lead to less crime.
- The police are not required to protect you.
- The right to self-defense has been recognized for centuries.
Self-defense is a Fundamental Right.
Self-defense is a fundamental right of every law-abiding American. The Right to self-defense is guaranteed every American by the United States constitution and by the constitutions of 44 of the 50 states. The common law, and the laws of all 50 states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. RTC laws respect the citizen's right to self-defense by allowing private individuals to carry concealed firearms for protection.
More Right-to-Carry Laws has proven to lead to less crime.
Violent crimes in the United States peaked in 1991. As a result, 24 states adopted “Shall Issue” Laws which replaced their laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons or their laws that allowed the issuing of concealed carry permits on a very restrictive basis. Since then, according to a report by the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) many other federal, state, and local gun control laws have been eliminated or made less restrictive; and the number of privately-owned guns has risen by about 100 million to an all-time high. According to the FBI, Bureau of Justice Statistics, through 2010, the latest year for which statistics are available, the nation’s murder rate has decreased 52 percent to a 47-year low, and the total violent crime rate has decreased 48 percent to a 37-year low. Where is the shame in that?
The police are not required to protect you.
I am willing to bet that all you members of the Brady Bunch reading this did not know that. It is true none-the-less. In Warren v. District of Columbia (1981), the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled, “police personnel and the government employing them are not generally liable to victims of criminal acts for failure to provide adequate police protection . . . . government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to public services, such as police protection, to any particular citizen.” In Bowers v. DeVito (1982), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled “here is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen.” Think about that for a moment...how can they be expected to protect you since they cannot be within you 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
The right to self-defense has been recognized for centuries.
Cicero said 2,000 years ago, “If our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right.”
English jurist Sir William Blackstone observed that the English Bill of Rights recognized “the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense” as intended “to protect and maintain inviolate the three great and primary rights,” the first of which is “personal security.”
Sir Michael Foster, judge of the Court of King’s Bench, wrote in the 18th century, “The right of self-defense . . . is founded in the law of nature, and is not, nor can be, superseded by any law of society.”
Do Americans Really Want Stronger Gun Control Laws?