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The Shotgun – A True Story of Gun Control

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You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.
Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers.
At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.
With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up
your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.

In the darkness, you make out two shadows.
One holds something that looks like a crowbar.
When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun
and fire.
The blast knocks both thugs to the floor.
One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door
and lurches outside.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble.

In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few
that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them
useless..

Yours was never registered.

Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died.
They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a
Firearm.

When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities
will probably plea the case down to manslaughter.

“What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask.

“Only ten-to-twelve years,”
he replies, as if that’s nothing.

“Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”

The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.

Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men
you shot are represented as choirboys.

Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them..

Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims”
have been arrested numerous times.

But the next day’s headline says it all:

“Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.”

The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin
Hood-type pranksters..

As the days wear on, the story takes wings.

The national media picks it up,
then the international media.

The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.

Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll
probably win.

The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized
several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local
police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects.
After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be
prepared next time.

The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait
for the burglars.
A few months later, you go to trial.

The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently
predicted.

When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works
against you..

Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man.

It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.

The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case really happened.
On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed
one burglar and wounded a second.

In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term..

How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once great
British Empire?

It started with the Pistols Act of 1903.

This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or
felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to
those who had a license.
The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only
handguns but all firearms except shotguns..

Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon
by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.
Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the
Hungerford mass shooting in 1987.Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed
man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he
saw.
When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of “gun
control”, demanded even tougher restrictions.
(The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even
though Ryan used a rifle.)

Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland , Thomas Hamilton used a
semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public
school.

For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally
unstable, or worse, criminals.
Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners.
Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of
objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns.
The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few
sidearms still owned by private citizens.

During the years in which the British government incrementally took
away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed
self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism.
Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were
threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to
own a gun.

Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while
the real criminals were released.

Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as
saying, “We cannot have people take the law into their own hands.”

All of Martin’s neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several
elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who
had no fear of the consequences.
Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his
collection trashed or stolen by burglars.

When the Dunblane Inquiry ended,
citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over
to local authorities.

Being good British subjects,
most people obeyed the law.
The few who didn’t were visited by police and threatened with
ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t comply.

Police later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000 handguns from
private citizens.

How did the authorities know who had handguns? Kind of like cars. Sound familiar?

WAKE UP AMERICA; THIS IS WHY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTION.

“…It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds..”
–Samuel Adams

If you think this is important, please forward to everyone you know.

Gun Laws that are being proposed in America will eventually cause the same effect here!

Of all the countries that exist today only 3 allow firearms for personal protection. Finland, Switzerland and Israel and all have EXTREMELY LOW CRIME RATES compared to their neighboring countries with gun bans.

Please pass this on if you want your 2nd Amendment rights to be preserved!

Black Helicopter Training Excercises

There has been a lot of buzz lately on the internet and some local news channels about black military helicopters doing some so called “training excercises” over some cities without any notice to the people.

It is scaring many of them.

Take a look here at what happened in Miami, Florida.

Urban Combat Training?
Military Helicopters Downtown Miami (.30seconds)

Machine gun fire from military helicopters – Miami Florida (3.42)
Miami News Channel

Houston, Texas
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8971311

 

Why is there so much of this training lately?
Why is there no notification to the people?

Are they trying to desensitize the people to these training excercises?

Who’s training who?

Wine Bottle Fountain

I love summer time cause it gives me lots of daylight to do projects around the house.

Recently I completed a water feature that included some wine bottles.

Here is a video

My Three Day Survival Camp Experience

I figured I better write all this down before it left my head. A long time ago while deer hunting with some friends, we were all gathered around a table eating and basking in our enjoyment of hunting and the outdoors. I had this idea that I blurted out. I said “hey wouldn’t it be cool if we just came out here and camped for a while and see if we can make it, live off the land?” and that was it. I was expecting to be called crazy, but instead the idea was welcomed and we tossed the idea around for months.

Since we were not ready to do this adventure in the spring time, we decided to do it in early June before the summer really peaked. We landed on the dates of June 8,9 and 10, a full day Friday, Saturday and Sunday till the afternoon. This would be our 3-day survival camp. Our objectives are to obtain a nutrition source (animal, plant life, or insects),  find water to drink, make a fire with magnesium, magnifying glass, or friction of wood, also to devise a shelter.

We were also very ambitious in our thoughts. We had planned on making a native American style teepee. Craft a bow and arrow from the wild. Make a clay pot and see if we could boil water in it. We found out that we had little time nor energy to complete all these tasks we had set out for ourselves.

Our journey began at Waffle House Friday 7:30 in the morning where we had a large breakfast. Later at about 8:40 AM we were at our destination 30 minutes from our home town deep in the woods of another county.

We packed on our gear and began to hike into the woods. We located a spot near a very shallow creek in a semi shady location. The day we started it was about 92F outside and humid. It a pretty hot sweltering Mississippi heat. I took three 20 oz. bottle of water thinking I could ration one bottle each day and the rest would come from a source that I would have to purify through tablets or boiling. After setting up our tents we decided to set up a fire so that we could boil water to drink and we had hoped to catch some fish to cook. Making a fire was not too much of a challenge. We wanted to see if we could do it with a magnesium and steel fire starter and also a magnifying glass. The knife that I had purchased from Amazon.com

had a magnifying lens in the enclosed handle. It may have worked, but after messing with it for 5 minutes or so, I quickly gave up. Then I broke out a real one that I had found in a junk drawer at home. It worked well, so well in fact that I had smoke and ember in as little as 3 seconds.The magnesium and spark method was nearly just as easy. I gather up some tender and made a little nest of it, then I scraped off some magnesium into a small pile in the tender then I struck the steel across the flint bar and it caught the magnesium up and I got an ember and blew softly and got a flame. Not too hard. While I am on the subject of fire I will tell you that on day 3 we decided to try the stick rubbing method using a bow and string. This was very hard and we never got it to work. We did get smoke, just no ember. This was something we later decided to practice at home and research more into it to see if types of wood mattered. Continue reading →

Concrete Sink Project is Complete!

I finally finished up my Custom Concrete Guitar Sink that I have been working on for some time now. Often I find myself outside working,  getting pretty dirty, and then having to get the door handles to the house dirty, sometimes dripping mess all over the place just to get inside and scrub up.

Sure a hose may do sometimes but often its a pain. I have been needing an outdoor sink for this very reason for the longest time and finally its complete.

If you have been following along with this project, you will know there is a part 1 and a part 2 and now here is the completed sink.

Also I started a new website to showcase all my crafts and concrete works here Pearidge Concrete.