Thursday, February 26, 2009

Does Gun Ownership Deter Burglaries?


       FROM THE STUDY ON SUBURBAN BURGLARY:   Although there is no evidence to indicate gun ownership deters overall burglary rates, gun ownership may be a factor in deterring burglars from entering occupied dwellings ("hot" burglaries).  In studies involving interviews of felons, one of the reasons the majority of burglars try to avoid occupied homes is the chance of getting shot. (Increasing the odds of arrest is another.) A study of Pennsylvania burglary inmates reported that many burglars refrain from late-night burglaries because it's hard to tell if anyone is home, several explaining "That's the way to get shot."  The study and the book was wrote by G. Rengert  and J. Wasilchick. The book was published in 1985.

To go even further by comparing criminal victimization surveys from Britain and the Netherlands (countries having low levels of gun ownership) with the U.S., Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck determined that if the U.S. were to have similar rates of "hot" burglaries as these other nations, there would be more than 450,000 additional burglaries per year where the victim was threatened or assaulted. (Britain and the Netherlands have a "hot" burglary rate near 45% versus just under 13% for the U.S., and in the U.S. a victim is threatened or attacked 30% of the time during a "hot" burglary.) Realizing these facts listed above why would anybody want to take away the gun of a law abiding citizen of this country and put them at a much higher risk for burglary and assault.

How many people reading this article have in their lifetime stopped someone from breaking into their home by having a hand gun or shotgun in the house. It would be very interesting to know I’m sure.

Some of the quotes from the founding leaders of this country during the ratification period of the constitution are these: [The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. ---James Madison,The Federalist Papers, No. 46. and then look at this eye opener: {Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. ---Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution - Philadelphia 1787}. Here is another good quote: “ Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.”---Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788 and the last one that I want the reader to read is this one;

“When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually...I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor...” ---George Mason. Go here if you want to read all the quotes from our founding fathers. There is a lot more quotes for you to read.  Quotes from the Founding Fathers and Their Contemporaries

Now we have a president that is for gun control and his own words can tell you were he is coming from on this subject. Look at this page and you will see some of his quotes.   Obama's Anti-gun Record. After reading this page you the reader will see what our founding fathers was thinking about as they made their statements. After reading their views and then reading Obama’s views you decide who is right. My personal believe is this: The government should enforce the laws already on the books for the criminal and we would see a big reduction in crimes. Alternatives to Gun Control. What is going to happen very soon if we do not stand up and let our voices be heard is no one will even be allowed to own even a shot gun. This is government control for sure.

In closing let me say this one last thing. I am a gun owner. I am a law abiding citizen. I have never used either gun that I legally own in violence or against the law. There are thousands and thousands of people in this country that could say the same thing. So tell me who’s rights are going to be violated by these proposed gun laws? Is it the criminal or is it the law abiding American citizen.

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