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A co-worker and buddy of mine used to be a full time news editor/reporter for various radio stations, and one of the people he interviewed was Gary Aldrich, a pro 2nd amendment author. They continued to keep in touch, and this article was passed on to me via by buddy. I thought I would share it.


Living in Fear

Written by: Gary Aldrich

The recent eight seemingly senseless shootings in Maryland, the District
of Columbia, and Fredericksburg, Virginia, have created a terror that's
paralyzing the citizens of communities surrounding our nation's capital.
Citizens are fearful of going outside, and schools are canceling all
outside and after school activities. If terror was the goal, the
terrorist has achieved his goal – we are a region paralyzed with fear.

Law enforcement officials are of the opinion that the shooter, or
shooters, is either part of a foreign terrorist plot, or possibly an
individual who "hunts" and kills humans to enjoy a twisted pleasure. In
other words, right now they don't know what kind of person is behind
this.
Some say our free and open society invites individuals to commit heinous
acts, if they so choose, because there is no way for our government
authorities to keep track of all who may seek to harm us. Even if the
government could find most of these monsters through intrusive
investigations and snoopers spying on every street corner, some would
still slip through the cracks. The government can't read minds.

Consider a real terrorist act which took place outside of the
headquarters of the CIA a few years ago. The shooter met morning rush
hour traffic turning into the CIA gates, and systematically shot people
as they waited in their cars to go through security. He was able to
escape, but was identified later because of an excellent investigation
conducted by several dedicated agencies, including the FBI. It was
determined that he was a foreign terrorist – an "America hater"– and
had selected the CIA Headquarters because it was believed the killings
would terrorize the CIA and the nation.

We would later learn that associates of Osama bin Laden were planning
more carnage at the CIA by using hijacked commercial airliners full of
passengers to dive into the many office buildings located there. On
September 11, 2001 the targets turned out to be the Twin Towers and the
Pentagon. But it's possible the CIA was once again a target – one
hijacked plane was taken over by the passengers and later crashed in
Pennsylvania. Moreover, after September 11, box cutters were found
secreted in at least one other aircraft, so we'll never know if other
hijackings were planned but thwarted by quick action from the Bush White
House to ground all commercial aircraft.

So now it's possible that one or more foreign America haters have
decided to conduct their own form of localized terrorism: firing a high
powered rifle at innocent citizens from a considerable distance to avoid
arrest. After all, the lesson learned by terrorists after the attack in
New York is that to kill ordinary U.S. citizens is a very effective way
to bring our nation to its knees.

But, the shooter, or shooters, could just as easily be of the
"homegrown" variety.
Our violent history recalls one white-hating shooter aboard the Long
Island Railroad, who for whatever reason, decided he had "suffered"
enough discrimination at the hands of white people. He calmly walked
through the railcars, shooting and reloading at will until many were
killed. Passengers were finally able to subdue this monster after he
stopped to reload again.

Then there were the "Son of Sam" killings in New York City. An
individual stalked the streets of New York, looking for lovers sitting
in cars. When he would find them, voices in his head would tell him to
shoot. He killed several innocents until the police could put together
enough facts to determine who the real killer was. He was not aligned
with any political group, he was simply twisted, just like the two
teenagers in Colorado who walked the halls of Columbine High School
killing innocent teenagers, especially those who had expressed a love
for Christ or organized sports.

The point is, the only thing standing between the average innocent
citizen and a horrible death at the hands of a real terrorist or a nut,
is…nothing.

Absolutely nothing stops an organized killer working for a terrorist, or
a crazy person listening to voices in his or her head, unless a lucky
law enforcement officer stumbles upon the crime being committed. In a
society with too few police officers and with millions of freely roaming
citizens, the odds of a killer being caught in the act are slim to none.

Those who preach that gun control is the answer to violent crime will
have no immediate comment when the shooter is eventually arrested or
killed. That's because Maryland and the District of Columbia have some
of the toughest gun laws in the country. These overlapping, and some say
unconstitutional, gun laws have done nothing to make Maryland and D.C.
safer. Layer upon layer of guns laws simply don't work.

Instead, the killer, or killers, know that unless they are caught
red-handed by police officers, they will probably escape. The average
law-abiding citizen of Maryland can only watch in horror as the shooter
fires his weapon and drives away.

Yes, yes, they can write down a vehicle description and perhaps get a
tag number. This is how most killers are eventually caught – but here
the key word is eventually. The person or persons who are doing these
killings need to be stopped now! And how will the average citizen of the
states of Maryland or D.C. stop them? With sticks or rocks?

Of course, most police cars are marked, so cunning predators can wait
until the police car turns the corner. And, although there are many good
undercover officers who can blend in and perhaps catch this monster as
he lays in wait for his next victim, the number of uniformed police
officers far out= numbers the undercover types.

All of the conventional statistics prove that when citizens have the
right to arm themselves and carry concealed weapons, the crime rate goes
down. The killer now confines most of his activities to the state of
Maryland. Could it be that he, or they, know they have little to fear
from the law-abiding citizens who are helpless against such armed
killers? If one person had been armed on that train in Long Island, or
if one school official had been armed at Columbine, could there have
been a different outcome?

One thing is for certain: those who live in states that permit their
law-abiding to carry concealed weapons, have citizens who have less to
fear from armed terrorists, whether foreign or domestic. Citizens of
these states constitute a volunteer army of law enforcement officers
multiplying the number of possibilities of stopping this madness.
 

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Preach it brother! Every nation that has allowed
the loss of weapons, has suffered because of
it.

The people of Los Angelos during the riots were
sol if they didn't already own a weapon with
the time wait. Korean Businesses were not
nearly as effected, because their owners were
armed.

The bias media doesn't report on the lives
saved from armed citizens. We never would
have had a revolution in this country had we
not stock-piled arms and ammo. The people
behind gun control have a much bigger agenda
than just making you helpless.
 
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