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2nd Amendment Math: 1 Dead Criminal Saves 11 Innocent Lives

Posted by ghostofsparta on May 8, 2009

(Crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/) I realize that one of the dangers of the internet is that stories come out in bits and pieces. Usually not all of a story is available right off the bat, and people can jump to conclusions that could later be proven wrong. In the story I’m writing about tonight, not all of the facts are yet available. The story seems to prove the bravery and heroism of one young man. Facts could come out later disputing portions of this story, but the overall theme is one many of us on the right base much of our worldview around. The story, via Jonah Goldberg at NRO (National Review Online), which I found via Ace of Spades HQ, is a story about a young man in college who saved the lives of himself and 11 of his friends by being armed and therefore able to defend himself.

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

This story took your basic movie hostage turn: wallets and cell phones demanded, women and men separated, threats of death on the victims. But fortunately for all the innocents involved, one student had a handgun in his backpack. He first shot the man holding the guys hostage, and the man fled. Then, he shot the man (who is reported to be in the process of attempted rape) holding the women hostage . The 2nd robber jumped out the window, and was later found dead….after asking for somebody to call the cops to help him, ironically enough. Unfortunately, one girl was harmed in the crossfire; however, she is alive, recovering, and was not killed or raped.

Obviously there are a lot of variables in this story that will come out soon enough. Was the gun legal and/or registered? Was he allowed to carry it? What was the fate of the first robber? What charges will be pressed against this brave young man? For the skeptics: what is the likelyhood these men would have actally used their guns (even if they were actually willing to rape in either case)? But until then, let us take a moment to congratulate this couragous and quick-thinking young man for probably saving 11 lives.

On a personal note, I graduate from college in December of 2007. I lived in campus all 4 1/2 years, and it was a gun-free campus. We were told by campus security (who were not allowed to carry guns themselves until my last semester) that calling 911 from campus wouldn’t do any good because the police weren’t required to be familiar with the campus. We were told to call security first, and that they would call the cops and try to help out first themselves. Let my just say this was not at all comforting for me to find out. Police response time is long enough without having to add yet another step to the process (and not being 100% certain that step 1 would lead to step 2).

Currently I work for Pizza Hut as a delivery driver. Pizza Hut policy, which we are told at orientation, is that we are not allowed to carry any weapon to defend ourselves in the event of a robbery. I understand this, but it doesn’t help that my boss informs me every month about another driver or two getting robbed in Pittsburgh. Would I ever use a gun in self defense in that situation? Hard to say, honestly. If I knew giving somebody the money would be all, then I wouldn’t escalate the situation; conversely, if I knew only one of us would leave the situation alive I have no doubt I would use force. And I fully believe this was the situation this poor guy found himself in. When 2 men broke in, flashed their guns, and split up the party-goers, this young man had to know there was no good end for him if he remained passive.

The U.S Constutions states that we are “…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The right to life trumps all other rights. The 2nd amendment protects a person’s right to life, which this brave soul exercised when his right was threatened by these 2 thugs. What happened that night will stay with this man for the rest of his life. If this story holds up in its current form, may he know that he did the right thing and come to terms with it.

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Posted by ridesapalehorse on May 8, 2009

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Hamas Calls to Kill All the Jews — again. Don’t they ever get tired of this?

Posted by Glezele Vayne on May 8, 2009


Yeah. I know. Bee-Oh-Are-Eye-Enn-Gee —- boring….

I have heard this same sermon soooo many times…y-a-w-n. Don’t these guys ever write anything original? Do they get paid to repeat this stuff Friday after Friday after Friday? Honestly fellas, it’s starting to lose it’s punch.

Aside from the fact that these sorts are genocidal maniacs who probably have to wipe the froth off their rabid, salivating mouths every few minutes… looks like an easy life.

Who’s the guy filming this and handing it over to PMW? Now that would be interesting. Oops. Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything. The guys in the mosque probably didn’t figure that part out yet, they’re so busy planning our mass destruction and all.

One thing I think is so funny is how scandalized these Imams are that “it’s in the Jews’s nature to hate Islam.” Duh. I mean, you Muslim clerics are always demanding the murder of every last one of us, citing it as your religious duty soooo — what do you expect?!? Sheesh. Is it unreasonable of us to not want to be murdered? Why is this difficult to figure out? I mean, if you just once said something nice, but no, you’re always going on and on about how evil we are, how we all deserve to die and stuff.  You guys are like the “Energizer” killer bunnies or something. Do you ever eat, sleep, play with your kids, go for a stroll? Chill out.

Man, where’s a grumpy face when I need one? I cannot for the life of me…oh, better not use that expression, well, I can’t  figure out how to import those emoticon grumpy faces to WordPress. But I would put one right HERE if I could.

It’s long been a pet theory of mine that the big problem with much of Islamic culture is that y’all don’t enjoy some of the finer things in life. Your idea of fun is to drink coffee and eat baklavah. No beer, no wine, no music, and only extremely limited contact with women. That would put anyone into a hypoglycemic fit, not to mention a very bad mood.

You see, happy people typically don’t go around wanting to kill people. Moderate alcohol use, laughing with your wife, even flirting with her, or listening to some good Chuck Berry is actually relaxing and calming. Sugar and coffee will just get you all hopped up and ticked off.

Did you know Hitler was a suspected hypoglycemic? Yup. Every time he’d only have a danish and some coffee for breakfast, he’d invade a country.

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

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