IT'S EASIER TO SCAPEGOAT AN HONEST
PERSON WHO OWNS A GUN THAN TO DISARM A CRIMINAL.
by Alan Korwin
My deepest heartfelt condolences went out to Bill Cosby, whose work
I have enjoyed since the days of I Spy, on the loss of his son. Words failed
in expressing the sorrow I felt for his tragic loss. No parent should have
to bury a child. The murderer who committed this horrific act deserves
swift and sure punishment.
I find it reprehensible that some public figures have seized on this
and other tragedies to pursue personal agendas regarding the civil rights
of Americans who choose to keep and bear arms. I urge the news media and
the public to remain aware that:
1. Efforts should focus on stopping criminals, not disarming honest
Americans. Guns are already banned for criminals. If the media or the authorities
try to convince you that the only thing left is to legislate guns away
from the law abiding, do not be fooled by this politically motivated whitewash.
Taking guns from honest people cannot and will not stop murderous highway
2. It is totally and completely illegal for a criminal to even touch
a gun, or for anyone to use a gun in any crime whatsoever. Do something,
anything, to get the criminals off the streets, using all the good laws
we already have on the books. We need enforcement and judicial process,
not more paperwork from Congress that promises to do what no prior paperwork
has ever done.
I support programs that will shortstop youngsters from entering criminal
careers. In the meantime, we must protect ourselves from the element in
society that regularly and with impunity preys on the public. We must contain
the really bad ones longer, and reduce the rate at which they leave and
I call on Mr. Cosby, reportedly one of the world s richest men, to build
memorial prisons with funds he can raise, that our government cannot afford
to spend, and to support the apprehension and incarceration of as many
criminals as humanly possible.
More than half the crimes committed in this country are done by people
who should be in jail but for the space and ability to house them all.
We must catch more murderers. We must stop releasing murderers.
We added 50,000 more police officers (maybe 100,000), yet Attorney General
Janet Reno reported recently that arrests have dropped. Dropped! This is
an outrage. Only one arrest is made for every five serious crimes reported
in America, the FBI tells us.
If it's true that you want to stop criminals, and you add large numbers
of police, arrests should go up not down. This is where a fix is so sorely
needed. Too many criminals face no consequence of their actions. And the
authorities convincingly sway public opinion with nonsense about arrest
rates. Declining numbers of arrests, with crime so prevalent, is a really
bad sign folks.
Little could be more dangerous or deadly serious than being stranded
on a roadside in a luxury car, a target of every thug who happens by. Police
are not stationed at the scene of an attack to protect you, only the attacker
and the victim are present. A loaded defensive firearm might have averted
the Cosby tragedy, but was essentially prohibited by law.
Isn't that a cold irony. In its dubious wisdom, the government had outlawed
the honest, leaving the weaponry to the outlaws. Do nothing to further
We have no ability to keep drugs out of this country. A total ban on
firearms will accomplish the same thing. Criminals will import them by
the freight load, while the honest will be left empty handed. Criminals
will arm themselves. Sorry, that s history.
We cannot, must not, ban firearms for the good, in the name of stopping
I implore anyone who would deny our historical right to keep and bear
arms to re-focus your energies instead on the criminals. Any effort that
disarms criminals has my support. Efforts that tend to disarm good and
honest people must be suspect and are counterproductive to the safe society
we all seek.
IT IS 100% TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY ILLEGAL FOR A CRIMINAL TO:
- Touch a gun
- Get a gun
- Try to get a gun
- Buy a gun
- Try to buy a gun
- Use a gun
- Sell a gun
- Have a gun
- Give a gun
- Make a gun
- Fix a gun
- Point a gun
- Shoot you
- Shoot at you
- Shoot at all
- Hit you
- Hurt you
- Threaten you
- Molest you
- Restrain you
- Harm you in any way
There now. Don t you feel safer? We have outlawed every connection between
outlaws and guns. The only thing left is to outlaw guns for the rest of
us but why would you do that, unless your goal has nothing to do with stopping
Alan Korwin is a full-time free-lance writer and author of seven books
on gun law, including Gun Laws of America Every Federal Gun Law on the
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