Quote of the Day – “Right to Be Safe” Edition

Found on Facebook via the Cornered Cat:

Someone is going to read this and think, “I have a right to go anywhere I want. Just because something is dangerous doesn’t take away my rights.” Let’s get this over with now. Defending yourself is not and never has been about rights—rights are those things that the civilized members of society agree everyone “deserves”. When you hit the ground and taste blood in your mouth, when a steel-toed boot slams your head into a curb, when a knife slips under the waistband of your skirt and a hand is wrapped around your throat, the civilized agreement on how people should be treated is not an issue. – Rory Miller

But too few people grasp this fact.

A Reaction to Sudden Jihad Syndrome?

Interesting observation at the grocery store today. I do the majority of my shopping at Frys, near my home, or at the WalMart Supercenter a bit farther away. It is not remarkably unusual to see someone open-carrying in WalMart (usually in a nylon Uncle Mike’s holster – make of that what you will), but I can’t recall seeing anyone open carry at Frys.

Today there were three.

A Pack, Not a Herd

Yes, it is important for all potential victims to be as dangerous as they can…  (Edited for a better story link.)

Victims Strip Suspect Naked, Take His Gun During Robbery In OKC


Several victims fought back against a suspect armed with a gun, leaving the man naked and injured outside an Oklahoma City hair salon.

Employees told police due to the busy holiday, they were working late at “Head Honchos” near N.E. 36th Street and Lottie. Just after midnight on Christmas Eve, a woman said a suspect identified as 23-year-old Corneilyus Howeth jumped into her car and pointed a gun at her.

The victim managed to call her brother, who was inside the hair salon just a few feet away. He rushed outside to help, but said Howeth pointed the gun at him and pushed him back into the salon. The victims said Howeth demanded all their money and kept asking for someone who wasn’t there.

A few moments later, someone else walked into the salon. Witnesses said Howeth turned to point the gun at the newcomer, and that’s when one of the victims tackled the suspect.

According to the police report, the two struggled over the weapon. The victim hit Howeth with a table leg, and another person in the salon jumped into the fight to help subdue Howeth. The victims told police they managed to take the gun from Howeth. They then stripped off his clothes, pushed him outside, and locked the door before telling someone to call 911.

The victims were not seriously injured. Howeth did sustain some minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment before being booked into the Oklahoma County jail for robbery with a firearm.

Here’s the perp:

I don’t think he was expecting that.

Pima County Gets Its Wrist Slapped

May 5, 2011 the Pima County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office SWAT team put on their battle-rattle, climbed into their armored personnel carrier, and did an early morning raid on a suspected drug distributor’s home.  Said suspect was José Guerena, a combat veteran of the Iraq war who worked  third shift at a local mine. Seeing armed men in their front yard, Guerena’s wife apparently woke him. He put his wife and 4-year-old son in a closet, retrieved his AR-15 rifle, and prepared to confront what he thought were home invaders.

When the Sheriff’s deputies broke open his front door, they saw him in the hallway, armed, and opened fire. Seventy rounds were expended, 22 of them striking Guerena. He never received medical attention. It is believed that he lived for approximately an hour after being shot.

Here’s helmet-cam footage of the incident. Check the “professionalism” of the PCSD SWAT team:

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Three months after the raid, in which no drugs were found in the Guerena home and no evidence of wrongdoing on his part, no one had been charged with any crime. Guerena’s family sued for $20 million. They have been awarded $3.4 million.

José Guerena’s crime, for which he paid with his life? Having relatives involved in the drug trade.

Had they wanted to, the Sheriff’s department could have arrested him at work and then searched his home at their leisure.  Instead, they suited up and did a “raid.”  And an innocent man is dead because of it.

And as Radley Balko documents, this is not an exceptional case, except possibly for the settlement.

Quote of the Day – No Right to Feel Safe Edition

Police…released all the names of the dead — many of them workers whose offices were behind high walls and armed guards, seemingly in one of the safest corners of federal Washington.

They were not safe. The dead were found in the building’s lobby, police said, and on the third and fourth floors.

If someone is willing to die in order to kill you, there is no place that is safe. There is no “right to feel safe,” it’s an illusion, just as “gun free zones” are an illusion.

Violent and Predatory vs. Violent but Protective

A couple of months ago, while attending a play group with my four-year-old son and one-year-old daughter, another little two-year-old girl lashed out and hit another child. Her mother, ripe with indignation, swept the girl into her arms and scolded, “No! It is NEVER okay to hit people.”

My skin crawled. The scenarios flowed through my head and I couldn’t restrain myself.

“Would you tell her that if she was being abducted?” I asked.

The mother stopped and blinked a few times and then stuttered, “Well… that’s different.”

“Yes, it is,” I said. “But you just told her that it was never okay to hit people. That’s not entirely true. There are times it’s okay to hit people and to hit them hard.”

That’s from Limatunes’ Range Diary, Yes, My Son, It Is Okay To Hit People. Read the whole thing.  Good mom.

“All Political Power Grows Out of the Barrel of a Gun” – Mao

Via Instapundit comes this Captain’s Journal entry on When Did the Left Fall Out of Love With Guns? Pullquote:

Yes, the left still loves guns. There is no other reason for the fawning acceptance of the vulgar SWAT raid tactics in which innocent men like Mr. Eurie Stamps get shot and killed. These tactics are repeated all across America every day.

The left just doesn’t love guns in the wrong hands, and anyone who isn’t an agent of the state is the wrong hands. Listen to Representative Jim Hines (D – CT) tell you why high capacity magazines are still necessary in government hands.

There is absolutely no justification for weapons that were made for the explicit purpose of killing lots of people quickly to be in the hands of civilians.

Let that wash over you again. “Killing lots of people quickly” and “civilian hands.” The two don’t go together.

I’m reminded of two previous QotD’s here.  One that now resides at the masthead of this blog:

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them. Moshe Ben-David

And this one from Glenn Reynolds himself just a few weeks ago:

Governments exist, historically, for only one reason: Because they’re really, really good at killing people.

And governments are bound and determined to achieve and maintain a monopoly of force.  Ours is no exception.

As Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in his 2003 dissent in Silveira v. Lockyer,

The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

We forget that at our peril.

It CAN happen here.

Quote of the Day – Tam, Again

Oh, Republicans, you never fail to disappoint me.

Sure, you talk a good small government game, and then the minute you get into office it’s all about the gays and the ‘bortion and the flag-burnin’ and drug warrin’ and Family-Values-with-a-capital-KJV and next thing you know you’re No Child Left Behindin’ and Department of Homeland Securityin’ and if I wanted all that snoopy government busibodiness I’d have voted for the Democrat in the first place.