Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Strange attitudes

Why, though, do those on the left despise self-defense? They are collectivists, and Socialists. They believe that people should think, and act, collectively, not individually. They also deeply believe in collective self-defense. The government should be responsible for your protection, not you. Listen to all the left's talking points concerning guns and self-defense. They never talk about Americans who use guns in self-defense. Rather, they paint armed Americans as morons, or trigger happy rednecks. Honestly, how many times have they laid out the tired old line about shootouts in the streets if states allow concealed carry permits? Never mind that such events have not happened in the 30-plus states that allow concealed carry.

If you really want a great example of how the left views gun owners and particularly self-defense, look at a recent news story out of Oakland. There, restaurant owner Catarino Piedra recently shot and killed an armed man who tried to rob him. Piedra's wife and three children were in the restaurant and he feared for the armed robber would hurt them. So, acting in defense of his family, he pulled his 9mm and shot his attacker, killing him. Now stop right there my friends. This is clearly a case of a man, seeing his life and that of his family in peril acting reasonably in defending himself and his family.

Those on the left, though, see it quite differently. Consider how Oakland Police Department spokesperson Roland Holmgrem described the actions of Piedra. "This thing had potential -- who knows where the suspects were going to take the situation? But by no stretch of the imagination are we agreeing with or justifying what the owner did."

Excuse me? How can anyone DISagree with a man defending his family? How can anyone question the justification of this restaurant owner? He is the victim, a victim who chose, honorably, to fight back, to defend himself. Yet, he has his actions questioned? He has his self-defense ridiculed. He has become the bad guy now.


Oakland pizza shop owner fatally shoots armed robber: "The owner of a popular pizza shop opened fire on three robbery suspects, killing one of them and apparently wounding his own son. Catarino Piedra, 41, who owns Coliseum Pizza and Taqueria in East Oakland, won't be charged with a crime because prosecutors determined he was acting in self-defense, Alameda County Assistant District Tom Rogers said Friday. Piedra said he feared for his life, and those of his wife and three children, when he began shooting at three men who tried to rob the store after 9:30 p.m. Thursday. "I was scared," Piedra said. "I had to defend my family." He told police he kept a gun under the counter because his delivery drivers were frequently robbed. The shots killed Allen Joseph Hicks III, 22, an aspiring rap artist known as "Boonie." Hicks was armed with a pistol when he and two other men tried to rob the store, police said. Hicks was on probation for a marijuana conviction, and was facing battery charges when he died, police and court records show. Police believe Piedra may also have accidentally shot his 17-year-old son, who was not seriously wounded. Oakland police said Piedra appeared justified, but cautioned citizens against arming themselves. Friends left messages, balloons, candles and bottles of cognac at a makeshift memorial honoring Hicks on Friday."

Another success for British gun control: "A 12-year-old [black] girl has died after being shot in the head by her older brother in what neighbours believe may have been a tragic accident. Detectives were preparing last night to question her 16-year-old brother about what happened in the family's semidetached home in Gorton, Manchester, on Monday evening. Neighbours described how the teenager rushed out of the house at about 7.30pm screaming: "Get an ambulance, I have shot my sister." Superintendent John O'Hare, based at nearby Longsight police station, suggested that the boy's younger sister, Kamilah Peniston, was the latest victim of inner-city gun culture. "It is a tragic event which will receive a full and thorough investigation," he said. "Our hearts go out to the family. It really does bring home the tragic and really evil consequences of firearms within our community." A handgun that had been converted to fire live ammunition was recovered from the house. Mr O'Hare refused to give any details about the gun beyond that it was sufficiently powerful to kill with one shot."

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