KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reports that in the early morning hours of Tuesday a man in his seventies shot and killed an armed intruder who had just broken into the man’s home along with a couple of armed partners-in-crime.
After dialing 9-1-1 and alerting police to the home invasion, the man shot and killed one of the intruders. Police found the late burglar in the back yard of his intended victim’s home next to his (the burglar’s) gun. Two other miscreants, possibly three, fled the homeowner’s field of fire. On their arrival, police captured one of the would-be burglars. But a third scholar, described as a “Latin male,” escaped and is being sought by police.
This is what the right to bear arms is mainly about. Not hunting, not collecting, not target shooting, not keeping war souvenirs (though these are legitimate endeavors that the government has no business putting an end to). But the right and ability to protect oneself against predators, with deadly force when necessary, as it clearly was in this case, is paramount.
The homeowner who is invaded by someone intent on killing or doing great bodily harm to him or his family, and who does not have a gun, has limited options on what to do with the time remaining to him. Of course he can (1) dial 9-1-1 and have a polite conversation with a civil servant who doesn’t know him and who can’t very much help him anyway. But he might better use his time by (2) getting right with God, then bending over and kissing his rear-end good-bye, because there’s just about zero chance the cops will arrive in time to save it. This is no rap on the cops. Just an understanding that if the predator is at the door and the cops are blocks, perhaps miles, away, the bad guy is holding all the cards, along with whatever weapon he brings to the occasion.
Even though this story with a happy ending took place in Las Vegas, there’s no mention on what the line is on whether or not the fugitive, the burglar who gave his life for his vocation, and the third loser who was jugged, are American citizens. But of course if President Obama and Marco Rubio have their way, it won’t matter if these guys are citizens. They will remain with us forever.
Las Vegas Police say the homeowner will not be charged in the shooting. As is proper. This reflects the sanity that remains in America outside many of our larger cities, misruled by liberal loonies, where armed homeowners (and apartment dwellers) have more to fear from the criminal justice system than burglars do.
And don’t even get me started on the UK. For the length and breadth of this once great sceptered idle, law-abiding citizens are completely disarmed because politicians of all of the country’s major parties (to the extent any party in the UK can be described as major) have made the care, comfort, and convenience of predatory criminals a fetish. The seat of Mars is now a demi-paradise for aggressive yobs and burglars who have no fear of unarmed citizens, or of a political establishment that acts as their enabler.
The poster boy for current insanity in the royal throne of kings is one Tony Martin of Emneth, in Norfolk. In the late summer of 1999, Martin shot and killed one intruder and wounded another in circumstances not unlike those Tuesday night in Las Vegas. His reward for protecting himself? A conviction for murder and life imprisonment.
After the Martin shooting and arrest a police spokesman offered this breath-taking analysis: “We can’t have people take the law into their own hands.”
During the decades when gun control in the UK went from reasonable to strict, to stricter, to absolute -- now the UK’s gun control laws are as tight as those of Cuba -- the UK went, as anyone with any sense could have predicted, from the most peaceful country in Europe to the most crime-ridden. Potential UK tourists take note: one is more than twice as likely to be assaulted in the UK as in the United States. Theft is rampant and police do little about it. Oh, and by the way, gun crime is up.
Apparently it’s more acceptable to the British establishment that criminals take the law into their own hands than that the good citizens of a once civilized country retain the right to protect themselves against murder and mayhem.
The UK is much further down the left rabbit hole than America, including in the area of gun control vs. citizens’ rights. So Americans like the gent in Las Vegas are not yet in danger of being jailed for protecting themselves against violent evil-doers. But give the Obamas and the Feinsteins of the world enough time, and that patriot in Las Vegas, as well as the rest of us, may have more to worry about than armed burglars.