Personal Safety and Firearms

Though this topic does not exactly fit in with the usual theme of health and fitness I most often cover, I feel it absolutely ties in with self-defense and in a very big way, health in the personal safety realm. A good friend of mine, who is an accomplished marksman, runs a small business offering firearms safety courses and training for personal protection. He recently shared an article with me about people’s opinions shifting toward firearms as personal protection and an undeniable crime deterrent. The article comes from TylerPaper.com and discusses a recent incident involving a hate-crime attack and the outcome of that attack. I found this article to be true of many experiences I have had related to me first hand. Sometimes the mere threat of violence can prevent an oncoming violent act. Read on:

Incident Reveals Why Gun Carry Laws Work

As evidence mounts that concealed-carry laws actually prevent crime — rather than serve to turn entire states into Dodge City, to use a common left-wing analogy during these debates — evidence is emerging that even liberals should support such laws.

Texas, along with a number of other states, passed its law to allow qualified citizens (those with no felonies or history of mental illness) to carry concealed firearms in 1995 — which, oddly enough, coincided with the beginning of a decline in violent crime nationwide.

As Democrats in the Senate begin a new assault on Second Amendment rights, perhaps they should pay attention to a few local news stories.

The U.S.-based national gay and lesbian news magazine The Advocate, targeted to gays, has an intriguing op-ed piece in its latest issue.

Jimmy LaSalva, executive director of GOProud, a group for gay Republicans (its focus is on fiscal conservatism), wrote a piece for the Advocate about a recent attack he suffered because of his sexual orientation.

That incident confirmed his belief that so-called “hate crimes” laws, which attempt to punish selective beliefs rather than behavior, are a failure, in and of themselves.

“Two years ago the federal government passed a law ostensibly aimed at preventing violent hate crimes against LGBT people,” LaSalvia wrote. “Many gay conservatives, including me, said at the time of its passage that the law would do nothing to actually prevent hate crimes. After this weekend, I can now say firsthand that this law hasn’t stopped violent, bias-motivated crime.”

A recent run-in proved this.

“Friday evening I was on my way home from the GOProud office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., when I came upon a group of young black men,” he wrote. “There were roughly eight of them. It was such a nice day that I had ridden my bicycle to work, so I was on my bike when I approached them.”

He was attacked as he rode by.

“Just as I got up to them, the assailant lunged off the sidewalk toward me and delivered a punch across my chest,” LaSalvia wrote. “The momentum of my bicycling drove me into his fist and arm, causing a shocking pain like I’ve never felt before.”

He was knocked down. The words of his assailants, unsuitable for printing, made it clear their actions were, at least in part, related to his sexual orientation.

Instinctively, he grabbed for his cell phone.

LaSalva explained, “As I fumbled for the phone, I heard one of them say, ‘Does he have a gun?’ So I kept my hand in my backpack, allowing them to wonder whether I was reaching for a gun. Then a couple of them started to run away, and the others soon followed. I got back on my bike and pedaled as fast as I could out of there.”

This proved a revelation for LaSalvia.

“I’ve thought a lot about the turning point of the situation — the fact that one of them thought that I might have a gun,” he wrote. “None of them said, ‘There’s a law against anti-gay hate crimes!’ That wasn’t the deterrent. It was the possibility that I might have had a gun that saved my life Friday night.”

Technically, the District of Columbia doesn’t even have a concealed-carry law; like some other backwards localities, it clings to the notion that anything that goes “bang” is bad. It ignores the reality that criminals, even in D.C. and similar liberal bastions, still get guns and use them to kill and terrorize law-abiding citizens.

But LaSalvia’s luck held out. Most criminals are stupid. His assailants didn’t discuss the District’s particular policies. All they knew is that around the country, more and more citizens are allowed to defend themselves with the same firepower that may be brought to bear on them.

Democrats, now considering tighter gun control laws in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, should take a look at the reality, not the rhetoric. Guns in the hands of good guys deter the bad guys. That’s a pretty compelling argument.

Article Source can be found here: http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20110721/OPINION01/110729968

Being an advocate for both LGBT rights and Second Amendment rights, this issue speaks volumes to me about the attitudes surrounding firearms. I hope that the shift in our understanding of crime prevention can be reflected in gun control laws and people’s understanding and respect for guns.

Interested in learning more about firearms and personal safety? Check out the Green Academy of Personal Protectionhttp://www.gappnj.com

 

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About SuzieSloth

I am a Certified Personal Trainer and Martial Arts Instructor with a passion for physical fitness and a background in public health. I love learning new things about the fitness world and about innovations in all health fields. I like to share tidbits that I find in magazines or on the internet with friends and clients. Please feel free to email me with questions or comments, or leave comments on any post on my blog. And make sure to stop by my website: http://www.formfitsfunction.net View all posts by SuzieSloth

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