Recently, in the two main Jewish neighborhoods here in Los Angeles, there has been a plague of violent assaults against Orthodox Jews who walk alone, or in small groups, on Shabbat, the Sabbath, at night. The fact that Orthodox Jews do not carry money on Shabbat does not deter these criminals. They are quite happy to terrorize defenseless Jews, rip-off watches and jewelry, and do bodily harm to peaceful, unarmed citizens. One Rabbi we know was so badly beaten that he is now afraid to leave his home at night.
The police cannot protect every man, woman and child in Los Angeles. They cannot even protect a small fraction of those they are pledged to protect and serve. It is an impossible task. Often, the social contract fractures and the individual is left to his own devices.
Karen and I learned this the hard way:
Quite a few citizens in Jewish neighborhoods now carry various types of weapons. When the criminals learn that Jews are armed and dangerous, and the predators have no idea who is lethal, they will melt back into the swamps that spawned them for they are, by definition, cowards, looking for easy pickings, not for a fight.
This, I guarantee.
See this link from Seraphic Friend Op For, concerning a former Marine who foiled an armed robbery in Florida. Well done and Semper Fi. And a contrasting story that, tragically, did not have such a happy outcome; the victim was unarmed, defenseless against a well-armed, and evil career criminal.
And so when I saw this article in that fine blog, Of Arms & the Law, it immediately caught my attention. It shows what happens to a free society when only the criminals have acess to arms:
Victims of Crime Trust director Norman Brennan said Britain was quickly gaining a reputation as being one of the most violent countries in the Western world, scarring communities and leaving millions in fear of crime…. “A child is stabbed to death on the streets of Britain every week and knife homicides out-number gun homicides by three to one. If these measures were introduced it would greatly reduce knife crime and consequently save lives.”
To read the rest of this article, please click here.
Speaking of a best defense, I’ve had a chance to study the Cornered Cat site and it is excellent. Its pink hues and overall design make it female friendly, obviously put together for the benefit of women who have been conditioned to fear weapons. But this site is so well organized, so well written that I recommend it for everyone who wants to learn about guns, gun-safety, self-defense, ethics, and oh my, just about everything weapons-related. Sensational.